In the last 36 hours, 30 pounds of tomatoes, 25 pounds of cucumbers, 15 pounds of each cabbage and beets, 10 pounds of each onions, hot peppers, peaches and carrots, 5 pounds each of plums have been saved for winter eating,
At this time of year this list could have been purchased fresh at a farmer's market for under $100. All processed into salsa, hot sauce, spaghetti sauce, dill pickles, relish, pie filling and frozen foods, to replace, would cost 10 times that at the grocery store in winter.
But I grew this list in my garden. The seeds were free because I saved them from my plants last year, so the cost was my time, $10 in freezer bags and a little electricity.
My seasonal project this time of year is preserving food. I do it alone, with enjoyment, ease and pride. You can too, it is really a no brainer!