Harvesting and Putting By…

Homemade Salsa Simmering on the Stove

Homemade Salsa Simmering on the Stove

8 Pints Ready for the Pantry

8 Pints Ready for the Pantry

One day all I find in the garden are blossoms. I return to find an apron-full of cucumbers and 4 quarts of green beans. And so harvest season begins.

The basil and cilantro are ready to pick in the herb garden and I purchased several pounds of tomatoes–a batch of homemade salsa for the canner sounds like a plan. My recipe marries the tomatoes with sweet onions, sweet peppers, fresh jalapeno or chili flakes, cilantro, a touch of basil, lime juice, cider vinegar, tomato paste, minced garlic, salt, cumin, and ground black pepper.

Looks like blanching green beans is next on my list and pickles are in my immediate future… I will be canning and “putting by” from now until after apple season. No hill for a real climber!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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