And we thought we were busy before! — 19 Comments

  1. Wow! Things sure have been hopping at your homestead. So glad that David’s cabin has made such progress. I’ll bet you’re all very excited to see that happening. Wonderful to see all the canning you’re getting done. Busy here in Michigan doing the same!

    • Yep, we’re hoping David can get is cabin under a roof and dried in before snow hits. And boy are we ever canning! So thankful for such a good garden and harvest this year!!!

  2. Signs of a early winter around here too. Aspens turning wayyy early and the garden went into overdrive. Both signs of a early winter.

  3. Always great to read your blogs. Have you ever experienced the Freeze Dried foods? Do you have any idea of what to look for in the different machines available? Can the freeze dried foods be stored in canning jars, zip lock bags? Just thought I would ask you before looking for info. else where.

    Presently canning up a storm from the garden.

    • I’d love a freeze dryer! Just can’t afford one. Boo hoo. They do make an excellent quality storage food that retains color and nutrition as well as flavor. I’d like one to save room in our pantry which is stuffed. You should store your freeze dried food in airtight cans or jars to prevent moisture or insect/rodent damage.

      • You are so smart in this crazy food storage world. How would freeze dried food save room in the pantry if I am still using cans? Is there a shrinkage?

  4. I’ve read your blog since 2007, but never commented. Feel like family, and check your weather with mine. Had to leave my beloved log cabin behind, but seeing yours and David’s helps. Thanks for all you’ve taught me about canning and just life. Any news from Pastor Rick? Miss his cheerful comments too. Planning my seed order already.

    • No, I haven’t heard from Pastor Rick and I’m really worried. I miss him too! And I’ll be so relieved if I hear everything’s okay with his family. Yep, we’re already planning on what we’ll plant next year and our this year’s harvest isn’t all in yet!

    • I get tired, doing it! But I do enjoy it, really. It’s like having fifty hobbies!

  5. The big pumkin at the Alaska State Fair was over 1400pounds. There was a picture in the Anchorage paper of it being moved with a fork lift! I asume that they raised it in a green house using all the tricks with the advantage of a some what warmer climate than here in the Copper Basin. I have all I can do to get a few winter squash in a hoop house. We have had frost on the cars three times but not hard enough to kill the potatoes and all the sensitive stuff is in the green house and two hoop houses which I heated with tank top propane heaters when it hit 35.
    Your sons house is coming good. My eldest son with his sisters help is working on a “tiny house” on one of our lots. They have it dried in and hope to have it habitable by winter.
    Is your helper coming back or is she done for the year.

    • Yep, a 1,400 pound pumpkin is way out of our league! But ours is still growing because David and I covered the plant with a big quilt. Our hoop houses survived with no heat but we’ll have to heat soon to keep them going longer. Our potato vines are pretty much toast but there’s still some green on them so…..
      We’ve heard from Alisha regularly and hope she’ll be back with us in a couple of weeks. Love that girl and miss her cheerful, go-get-’em attitude!

  6. The canned food looks great. The homestead we are living on is my new DIL’s. When her husband left (because she became a Christian) she had to go back to teaching and the huge gardens and green houses laid bare as she just could only handle a little in the green houses by herself. It has laid un-farmed for almost 7 years. The last two week-ends we have been clearing salt bush from around the fenced garden with a Bobcat and this week-end they worked on the fence. We also have a good amount of fruit on the apple, pear and peach trees. I have canned peaches two days ago. Picked more yesterday and they are on the table with a thin flour sack dish cloths over them. We have pack rats and so have to pick the fruit a bit early so they do not carry it off. We live in the high desert of AZ. Thanks so much for this site. I enjoy watching all the progress you make there. Hopefully next year the green houses at least will be planted.

    • Congratulations on all you have accomplished. Sounds like you’re making great progress! Keep up the good work.

  7. Oh, Jackie! You have been busy! That would wear me out, & Im only 66. I had not realized you all were so far north. We are way south of you in North Alabama. We fought the blight on tomatoes this year. Lost all my Cherokee Purple, and Polish tomatoes. Found unknown breed of tomato seeds and we are growing again. Although they have set fruit, But they may turn out to be hybrids. We will see.. Hope y’all stay healthy.

    • Thank you, Peggy. Sorry you fought the blight this year. It’s a tough enemy, for sure. Better luck next growing season.