Harvest time and the great outdoors

I think it should be an unwritten rule that at harvest time crunchy and/or green bloggers get a free pass from blogging because they are spending all of their time in the kitchen baking, canning, freezing, and otherwise preserving all of the yummy foods they’ve grown or purchased (hopefully locally) for the winter.

I’m sorry my blog is suffering lately, but the family and I have been a bit preoccupied doing things like this:


Climbing apple trees at Roger’s Grove


Picking and eating apples


Getting organic food from the co-op


Canning applesauce and dilly beans!


Taking a tractor ride to pick oodles of strawberries at Berry Patch Farms


Exploring the great outdoors at Boulder Creek


Trying to decide what I’m going to do with 60 pounds of Colorado peaches, pears and nectarines! (I still haven’t figured it all out!)


Visiting a honey harvest at Sandstone Ranch

OK, so I haven’t been completely locked in the kitchen. ;) We’ve also been spending quite a bit of time out in nature. The weather’s been gorgeous and its hard to stay indoors. Plus, the kids have so much fun exploring and honestly, I do too. :)

How’s your harvest season going this year? What are you putting up for the winter?

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14 thoughts on “Harvest time and the great outdoors

  1. good job! i canned applesauce too! and apple butter; my neighbor has a Braeburn tree. i’ve also lightly steamed and frozen a few bags of kale and chard, saved quite a few seeds so far, and when the tomatos and tomatillos are ready to harvest i’ll can them in various forms (sauces, salsa, etc).

    oh, i also dried german chamomile for tea, and lemongrass which i whizzed in the blender and can throw into thai-ish dishes. i’ve got cucumbers and zucchini as well i’m eating like crazy, the carrots are tiny but delicious, and i’m planning on canning a few types of mixed pickled vegis. of course as the tomatos grow i throw the ones touching the ground into used leftover pickle juice and they pickle raw in the fridge quickly, so we’ve already been through a few jars of green tomato pickles. they go astoundingly well with beer ;)

  2. I’ve canned peaches and pears, and I’m pickling cucumbers in a vat in my garage right now. I’ve also frozen vast quantities of blueberries. I just can’t stop with those while they’re in season.

    Happy preserving!

  3. Erica – Sounds great! And yes, he’s huge. I can’t believe my baby turns 4 in November!!

    Momnivores Dilemma – I didn’t have much of a garden this year either because we moved mid-summer.

    Amber – so jealous that you have blueberries growing near you. I wish we did in CO!

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  5. You are so lucky to be close to pick-your-own farms. I only have one where I live and that’s for strawberries in the beginning of the season. I would definitely freeze some peaches for smoothies. And make some peach salsa and peach bread. You are going to have great winter!

  6. I’ve been busy putting up applesauce, pears, pickles, beats, apple jelly, plums… lots of work! I’ve never done dilly beans before… mmmm sounds yummy :)

  7. Very nice. I really like fruit and vegetables canned at home but I really have no time at all to spend in the kitchen. I have to buy them, and well, it is not the same. I am jealous, too! Nevertheless, keep up the good work, your kids are going to love it!

  8. Love this Amy! I’m in California, so I get a decent amount of variety from my CSA throughout the winter, but I spent the weekend making pesto & tomato sauce, and trying to figure out what I need to order more of now to make sure we make it through the winter with onions, garlic, and squash. We’ll see how well it works . . .

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