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Stocking Up for the Lean Times

From December through March, we have so many wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables.  Much of the fruit is imported from other African countries nearby and some is even flown in from far away places such as South Africa.

A lot of the vegetables are grown in local gardens and are delivered fresh to vegetable stands around town.  

Some vegetables, such as zucchini and onions, we can find almost year around.  Others, like broccoli and cauliflower, are here for about two months and then we don't see them again for another year.

And some is grown right here in our yard, such as tomatoes and cilantro and other herbs.  John does all the gardening work!

And then the hot season comes.  And we have days like today when it was 111 degrees in the shade.  And it is currently 106 degrees at 8:45 p.m.  And all the vegetables, just like the people, kind of wilt and look sad and droopy.  And then before you know it the only things available are the limp zucchini, onions, and some imported fruit.  And then you have to buy the tinned veggies....kind of gross anyway, and then to pay $2.00 per tin just seems ridiculous.  Imported frozen veggies may taste better, but they are also costly.

So, during February and March you'll find me in the kitchen most Saturday mornings peeling, chopping, and blanching vegetables.  

All of these veggies end up in the freezer and then we've got good stuff to eat throughout the hot season!  The heat is upon us but we're prepared to eat our veggies through the lean season.


Deb said…
Laying up food for the lean times is wisdom, right there.
Praying that the electricity stays during the hot season.
Deb said…
Laying up food for the lean times is wisdom, right there.
Praying that the electricity stays during the hot season.
I look in that freezer and I see hours and hours of work! :-) It's wonderful you have a freezer!
Caleb Knowlton said…
This brings back memories of "parties" where all we did was cut up green beans in preparation for freezing. It was an event for the whole family. I endured it at the time but now I miss it.

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