Back in Harness

Yesterday Patty and Becca came over for dinner and we had a wonderful visit.  Today we went to Nelson’s Farm Stand and hit it just right all the way around so now it is back to canning.  I knew if I waited for the right time we could get the berries and vegetables there cheaper than we could grow them, taking into consideration the price of the plants, the cost of the fertilizer, the land to grow them on and all the work and wait to make them grow.  Today we got a 20 pound box of broccoli for $13, a twenty pound bag of  parsnips for $28, two boxes of sauce (plum) tomatoes  for $8 each and two flats of 12 pints each for $14 a flat of straw berries and they always top the flats with enough straw berries so you can’t even see the pint baskets which means there are at least another pint and a half of berries.   We have already frozen three bunches of broccoli.  The rest Patty will take some when she gets out of work and we will save some to have fresh.  I sure hope Patty has room for lots of them as there are about 12 more bunches and there are three big heads in each bunch and no more room in my freezer.  We will all be eating broccoli for a week or more just to keep ahead of it.  The parsnips can wait a month or more before we have to freeze that.  The tomatoes we will turn into spaghetti sauce tomorrow morning. I’ll let you know how much that makes.  Of course we will keep several out to eat fresh and I know Gina will take some as she loves to eat them like an apple.  I also got a head of red leaf lettuce for our salad and that tasted so good for a change.  We really missed the salads on the ship, they don’t make them as we do.  Norman is awake from his nap so I need to leave and smash the strawberries for the jam.  More later!  Have a good day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Back in Harness

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I am glad you had a wonderful cruise! Now you are back to work- freezing strawberries in February! We had a high of 62 degrees today and that was like a miracle for this day!

    • There are many nice things about Florida and having the fresh fruit and vegetables all year round is one of them. Nelson’s bring in the vegetables and fruit from all over the country and really know how to handle it so it is always nice and fresh. Much of it is grown right here in Florida bur not all. The strawberries are from Plant City, FL. They are famous all over the south for their wonderful strawberries and so many!! The parsnips are from Michigan. They never do get really cheap. If you get only one or two at a time they are $1.99 a point but I get a 20 pound bag and get it for $28. We had some this noon and this bag is so sweet. If they have a good frost or freeze before they are dug up they are very sweet so I am sure these are this year’s crop as they are the best we have ever had. Even the ones right out of our own garden were not any sweeter than these. Much of their vegetables come from Homestead which is a farming town just south of us and much comes from Mexico. Some even come from South America so we get a wonderful variety all year round.
      We are back in the high 70’s low 80’s in the afternoons again so you really know this area is in the beginnings of the tropics. I hate the snow and cold but I don’t like the heat either so I am never satisfied. But I will settle for the nice winters here and just keep quiet about the not summers. We do miss going back to the farm. This was always a nice time of year in TN. I know my flowers are starting to bloom and I will not get to enjoy them this year. I hope the Brays find them all and ask me if they don’t know what they are. Norman speaks often about getting the gardens ready to plant. He misses that too but knows we could never have done it another year.

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