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#76 shorty ONLINE  

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:40 AM

That is quite the crop coming from your garden. Do you sell it all at your stand?
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 07:00 AM

I sell as much as I can, but now a days people just don't preserve like they used to. Its tough when people nickel and dime, then get to the cash register and say, " that's all?" And I say "buy more" and get back, we can't eat all of it... This is why you preserve it, I'm thinking to myself. It really isn't that hard, really!!
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 07:23 AM

Wow! Glad to hear you're getting a bumper crop! I think it's been a good year everywhere because our garden went nuts too. I've never seen tomatoes this big...

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 01:58 PM

" but now a days people just don't preserve like they used to."     If it doesn't come in a can or bag at the store it's too much work! They don't know what they're missing, nothing beats fresh natural food. I wish I had the time to can, I'd be up there buying some tmw.


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Posted September 02, 2015 - 04:29 AM

Well , holy tomatoes batman... Way too many... I can spend all day picking them.. Then what do you do with all of these? Bushel baskets weigh at least 65# each.. And I'm done after humping them out.. Got smart and drove my Tractor with trailer the last time! And cabbages... 200 head get pretty heavy at 4+ lbs a pop! I'm glad the corn is over, now it is corn stock time and pumpkins ... And my favorite... HOT APPLE PIES !! Yum yum.
Planted 50# taters and dug 2 rows out of 3.5 and harvested about 250# so far and still need to dig the last row and a half.... I need to remember to take pics but im so danged whipped i forget... I will get some of the matos and taters maybe today or tomorrow? Its going to be a scorcher again today.
The butternut squash did awsome this year too, as did me rudabagas, they still need digging too..as do the beets. I need to can the beets, they are a big thing for the wife, she makes some AWSOME dishes during the winter with them.
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Posted September 02, 2015 - 05:07 AM

That's a lot of veggies.. Picking produce is hard work. No need to go to the gym if you have a garden.
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Posted September 02, 2015 - 06:02 AM

I'm glad your garden did so well this year.  

 

Your stand is really neat.  I wish there was a place like that near me.


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Posted September 02, 2015 - 06:27 AM

Glad you are having a great harvest!


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Posted September 03, 2015 - 03:05 AM

Sorry about pics, got side tracked last night with a duramax diesel issue, to by-pass or replace the egr valve... My take is to keep things stock, but my brothers say to by-pass it. So I'm off the hook, good!! I hate and I mean HATE working on them!
Anyways I did manage a shot of what happened to the bushel baskets of tomatoes... Turned them into 26 quarts of stewed tomatoes.

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Posted September 03, 2015 - 08:05 AM

That's a lotta quarts!



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Posted September 24, 2015 - 05:42 AM

Keith , I remember reading in this thread something about people not canning as much and some people don't want to buy too many tomatoes , my we can very little and gave up canning ( nor freezing ) tomatoes for sauce , but what we started  doing  now is cut the tomatoes and peppers into small chunks and use qt freezer bags . Then take them out of the freezer to add to  store bought sauce , not like homemade but better , you might want to suggest that to people to gain some extra sales to those who were only going to buy a few .


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Posted September 29, 2015 - 03:02 AM

Been busy, straight out pulling up the irrigation that was down, diggin taters, and selling pumpkins and flowers along with corn stalks. Sunday morning when I was looking for green tomatoes for a customer, it looked like we got zinged with a frost, well we did, but it only zipped the top leaves of my peppers and finished off the tomatoes which is fine by me, now all I need to do is pull up the stakes and plastic and deep plow it under.
As I was leaving Sunday afternoon, I noticed the neighbors garden, his was just starting to ripen, the frost leveled it! Completely wiped it out! That will learn him to Plant too late! Never got a pepper off his plants,only some squash and a few tomatoes, and his tomatoes looked good, now their all dead..

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Posted September 29, 2015 - 05:17 AM

Keith what the avg first frost date for your area ?  Ours is in about 2 weeks ,



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Posted September 29, 2015 - 05:46 AM

Same as you guys, normally not until the middle of October. At my home, about 2 miles away, I don't usually geta killer frost until the first week of November . last 2 years I was harvesting in snow showers,the end of October.
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Posted September 30, 2015 - 12:53 AM

We had another heavy frost last night, about-5 C. Everything but the root veg. is toast. I still have four rows of late spuds out as well as the last 12 ft. row of carrots and the beets and parsnips. The spuds are well hilled as are the carrots, so no frost worries there, but I'll get to them as soon as I can. We have had winter soc in as early as the second week in Oct. in the past, but that was before "global warming" lol.
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