This week our neighbor, Owen told us that the Plain Folk in the community who grow tomatoes for a living were at the end of their season and were needing to pull plants. Before they pull plants, they offer FREE tomatoes to people in the community. It is a blessing to live in such a community as this!
We pulled our plants out of the garden already and we did some canning from the harvest. Not near what we normally do and that was because we got the garden in about a month too late. We were late due to moving. It was even a blessing we had time to get a garden in in the first place so we are thankful for what we did produce. When Owen told me about the tomatoes, I was so excited, I thought, what provision from God!
Here I had about half the amount of tomatoes than normal, and here God just provides as many tomatoes as I need. That is our loving Father at work. I drive down the community road in Russel Creek and see all kinds of people working with their children, which is always nice to see! When we arrived at the Shrock homestead, we were greeted by songs of birds welcoming a new morning and a gentle breeze. It was refreshing!
I walked over to the rows and when I looked down, I was blown away at their setup. There was this road, this tomato road, and little cars to push down it. I have never seen anything like this…
After I picked about six bushels of tomatoes, I thought we better get going on putting them all up for the winter. I decided we would can salsa, spaghetti sauce, and stewed tomatoes. We made an assembly line in our kitchen and it was really neat to see.
Miles was putting the tomatoes into boiling water until the skins would crack. Then he would ladle the tomatoes into the fresh spring water in the sink too cool them quickly…
I love using that for making soups, chili, and of course spaghetti!
Altogether we canned 70 quarts!!!
- 35 quarts of spaghetti sauce
- 20 quarts of salsa
- 15 quarts of stewed tomatoes
It is so fun to work together as a family. We got the job done in about 4 hours! And if we ever come into hard times with the economy we know that we will have some great meals to prepare and plenty of food to eat!
In these parts, without a basement, storing canned goods and root vegetables can be a trick. We are thankful to have plenty of cave and dugout cellars on our property to store things that need to stay in a cool dark place. There is so much to be thankful for, it feels so good to get a big job done.