Using Summer’s Harvest

Mmmm, dilly beans!

Mmmm, dilly beans!

What Are You Harvesting?

I love having an abundance of fresh veggies in the summer. There is such a sense of satisfaction when your entire meal is home raised! I hope you are harvesting lots of fresh food from your homestead too!

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My beans have mostly been munched to the ground by rabbits (we’re attempting to ‘harvest’ the rabbits, no luck yet), and my zucchini didn’t germinate very well…go figure. However, we have lots of yellow crookneck squash, beets, onions, potatoes, kale, rutabaga, and herbs coming from the garden. The lettuce, spinach and peas are all done, but I’m planting more for the fall. The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplants have lots of flowers, so hopefully we’ll have a nice harvest from them soon.

Our first young beets of the season.

Fresh beets from the garden.

So What Do You Do With All Those Veggies?

Here are a fewideas for using your fresh veggies this summer! You can:

You may also preserve fresh fruits by canning them for winter. I like to can peaches and grape juice and jelly.

Of course, nothing beats freshly picked fruits and veggies straight from the garden. Steam, microwave, or saute your veggies until just tender and eat them the same day for the most nutritional value.


How do you use and preserve your summer harvest?



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