Now that we’ve got most of it in, we’re going full bore, putting up the harvest. I’ve begun digging potatoes and WOW are they nice this year! I started on the row in the new north garden and 10 feet gave me a six-gallon bucket nearly full; all nice, big, solid Dakota Pearls. Today, I hit the main garden as our temps are dropping down to the low twenties at night.
Yesterday I put up pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce from tomatoes Will cranked out of the Victorio tomato strainer and the day before I made my last batch of Cowboy Candy, using red jalapeños. And I made a double batch of syrup for them and used the extra to make Cowgirl Candy… I used the jalapeño-flavored spicy syrup and red sweet peppers. I tried a couple of half-pints last time I made Cowboy Candy and we really liked the less-spicy variety too. Experimenting like that is so fun. I ended up with 19 half-pints of Cowboy Candy and 15 of Cowgirl Candy.
This afternoon I’ll be canning salsa and a bushel of pears our friend Tom brought up from his visit in Wisconsin. Thanks Tom! — Jackie