Monday, July 4, 2016

Preserving Our Farmshare


Before learning that my husband would be gone for more than a month over the course of this summer, we signed up for a CSA farmshare. 

Most CSAs have "small" or half shares which would be plenty for our family of two adults and two quite littles.

We decided to go with a full sized share to challenge ourselves to eat more vegetables and to put more food by for the winter.

While I haven't found a way to preserve lettuce other than use it as social capital and spread the wealth, I've been busy chopping, freezing, canning, and prepping.

So far we have: 

2gal bags of frozen kale
1gal bag of frozen mixed greens - beet tops, kohlrabi greens, chard, etc.
1qt bag of frozen scallions
1qt bag of frozen green onions
qt jar of frozen small white onions
1gal of frozen hulled strawberries
4 x .25qt jars of strawberry jam
2 x .25qt jars of black raspberry jam (berries picked from a friend's patch)
2 x .5 pint jars of pickled radishes (we ate the third to see how they were. Yum!)

We have beets collecting for pickled beets and have been pretty well keeping up with everything else. 

Photo Courtesy of New Dawn Farm in Westmoreland, NH

"We eat local all year 'round because we can."

What are you preserving, canning, freezing, drying, fermenting, putting up or putting by?

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