|Pretty much how the last 8 days have looked.|
My typical errand-filled Saturday was followed by making apple cider with Melanie, which was FUN (and delicious....) as she provided the Macs, Marianne's trees provided some tart drops and some equally delicious Honey Crisps. We took the apple mash up to M's pigs, who were thrilled to get the treats.
I also spent a considerable amount of time dealing with my tomatoes - the small tomatoes are erupting faster than I can pick them. While I dearly love the black cherry tomatoes, they have been splitting almost as soon as they start to ripen. I have to be very vigilant in order to get even a few that aren't spoiled. This year I tried a red pear-shaped heirloom from a local grower and it's so-so. Same splitting problem. The grape tomato plant is buried in the jungle of larger plants so I really have to bushwhack my way in to find ripe ones. I have been freezing the smaller tomatoes and dicing and canning the larger ones. I finally got a grip on myself and I am NOT going to go pick my usual bushel of Romas. I have enough canned to last me into next year.
I made a stop at the local farm stand (well, local as in less than an hour from me...) that has the you-pick tomatoes and peppers for their sweet corn. I was thrilled to find their summer melon sale was in full swing - buy one large bag and get the same free! After giving my parents a few, and the neighbor who cuts my grass some, too, I still had a few of my own:
Yet another bounty to be dealt with. But what sweet labor that is...