The last several weeks have consisted of multi-day ministry tours in the midwestern states (Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin), with a few stops at home, giving us just enough time to harvest our multitude of garden produce. Each year our garden is a bit different. Some years the tomatoes are prolific. Other years its the cucumbers. This year our beets really went to town!
Honestly, some of us are beet fans. Others aren't. But when they come in by the wagon load, you roll up your sleeves and start canning!
Just one of our many wagon loads.
Our cucumbers have also been producing in abundance.
Pulling the wagon down the rows.
Being gone for much of the summer, weed control has been a challenge, but thankfully everything is producing well in spite of the occasional neglect.
Washing the beets.
Cooking and peeling them
Hot summer teamwork!
And finally a water bath. Thus far we've canned over 150 quarts of beets, in addition to making beet chips and exploring every creative outlet we can think of!
What is your favorite way to use garden excess!?!