Friday, August 27, 2010
Harvest Report 2010
It seems my kitchen counter has looked like this every day for as long as I can remember. So far, I have canned 33 pints of green beans, seven quarts and seven pints of diced tomatoes, 14 pints of salsa, four pints of salsa juice to use in soups, seven pints of spaghetti sauce, 10 quarts of tomato juice and I have plenty more still waiting for me. I’ve also been dehydrating cherry tomatoes like crazy. The year 2010 will go down as the year of beans and tomatoes for sure.
However, my root crops can only be classified as an epic failure. I put in more seed potatoes than I harvested. The onions are not much bigger than the sets that went in, the carrots are laughable and I can’t even find the garlic. Luckily, I know it is not me, even the pros are having the same problems. The share I purchased of the CSA farm has been sparse in root crops as well. The soggy wet weather early on just prevented anything from getting a good start. Now it hasn’t rained for a month. There is just no way to predict what the weather will be like in Indiana. So, while I’d prefer to give up on the beans and tomatoes, I’ll keep canning. Who knows? I may not get any at all next year and have more carrots than I know what to do with.