Sharing the Wealth. Harvest time is a time of feasting for everyone
on the farm. Today, we are harvesting corn. So we have a system going. It starts with my husband picking and me shucking enough for the first pot. Then I set up the pot and bring the water to a boil. While waiting for it to boil, I am cutting the bad parts off the corn (my husband is still picking), getting the gas cooker set up, and washing out the bath tub. (Garden Tub – that big receptacle that is put to use when you have to cool a lot of vegetables from the garden after blanching.) Then the first pot is put on. While that is going on, my husband finishes picking and finds a shady spot to shuck. I go get the next batch and it starts all over again.
The parts that we don’t use, don’t get wasted. The shucks are enjoyed by the cattle. The parts that are cut off of the cobs go to the chickens. I love it when it works out like this so there is little waste!
The last two days we were harvesting tomatoes, beets, peppers, squash, basil, oregano, garlic and a couple cucumbers. We put up 44 quarts of spaghetti sauce, and 5 quarts of beets (we had done 6, but one broke in the canner – sad day.) They look really nice on our new pantry shelving that we built. Six jars deep. . .now we need to fill them up.