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Stocking Up

September 7, 2009

The last month or so, I have spent a little time away from June’s Corner Garden. Not far away, just a step in the door and into the kitchen, preserving produce for winter. Some vegetables have done so well (like beans and zucchini) I’ve had plenty of extra to can and freeze. Sometimes, I choose not to sell something (like raspberries and pears), so I can preserve it for us to eat later. If I don’t grow something (or enough of something), I head out to a neighboring farm to get some. I try to pick the rainy days to preserve, when I would want to work inside, but sometimes, the produce is ready and you have to do something with it now.

Here are a few of the things I have preserved this summer:

Canned peaches

I canned peaches from Sauvie Island Farms.

Zucchini Relish

I tried out that zucchini relish recipe in The Oregonian's FOODday.

Dilly Beans

I canned Dilly Beans for the first time. Those jars were big.

Today, it is zucchini pickles. Later this week, it will be pears. I like stocking up for winter.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. tara west permalink
    October 3, 2009 2:12 pm

    I so wanted to can peaches this year, but never found the time or nerve. Would you mind if I observed (and helped if you needed it) you do it sometime? There was an article in Edible Portland this summer about canning peaches that made it seem easy (and so delicious in mid-winter), but I am still hesitant.

    Let me know when things slow down a little, Colby and I would love to come by and visit before/after a visit to the pumpkin patch.

    ps- I love the barbie who keeps appearing in your pics- I laughed out loud when i saw her on the spaghetti squash. Is that Media Specialist Barbie? (She doesn’t look much like a gardener;-)

    • jcgarden permalink
      October 6, 2009 10:14 am

      Hi Tara,

      I enjoy company when I am canning, so for sure, come and help/watch me can. I will still be canning this fall, into winter, tomato stuff and apple sauce. I’ll let you know if I plan ahead to can. A lot of times I do it at the spur of the moment, when all conditions are right (vegetables/fruit ready, weather, time, etc.) If nothing else, I’ll let you know next summer when I am canning.

      Tuesdays and Fridays are days when I am home all day working. I have deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays and class on Wednesdays now. So, anytime this month you want to bring Colby out, Tuesdays and Fridays are good. The girls will be ready to play.

      Steven convinced me to put the Barbie in the pictures. I found my doll from growing up, but didn’t have too many different outfits. Nothing that looked like a farmer or gardener. It was either that outfit or a wedding dress!

      I’ll look forward to your visit,

      Michelle Burger

      June’s Corner Garden

      18105 NW Reeder Rd.

      Portland, OR 97231

      (503) 621-6979

      (503) 502-1754 (cell)

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