Even with the wimpy and slow-to-produce summer we’ve had, August is a busy time in the garden and the kitchen. It’s pretty common during this month for me to have multiple projects going on at the same time, as the picture above illustrates. Although I was able harvest peaches from my own tree this year, I didn’t have enough to can, beyond the peach jam I made, so I bought a few boxes of peaches from the farmers’ market. Cucumbers, on the other hand, have been producing well in the greenhouse this year so I’ve been making refrigerator pickles with the recipe Laura posted on The Modern Victory Garden. Plus, I’ve been eating a whole lot of fresh cucumbers, which I love.
After making peaches in light syrup, I made a batch of peach pie filling. When I realized that I had a bit more pie filling than anticipated, I made a second batch by adding a bunch of blueberries to the mix. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with fruit and berry combinations, so I feel pretty free about throwing different mixes together.
This week, I also processed a couple of boxes of yellow transparent apples into applesauce. In a few years, I should have enough apples off my own trees and won’t need to buy any at the market, but the orchard isn’t quite there yet.
A few other things harvested lately: