More Tomatoes

Went to the Easy Street Farm Store Market again on Wednesday and got two boxes of the Roma plum tomatoes.  This morning we are processing one box.  These are first run tomatoes, nothing like the canning tomatoes we are used to working with.  There is never a rotten tomatoes or a bruised tomato and they keep several days so there is no rush about canning them.  These also are much meatier and have a wonderful flavor.  Last box we got 7 quarts or a full pressure canner full plus one quart of juice, which we are drinking fresh, no room to process that, so I expect it will be the same for today’s box.  This is much less juice than we used to get from the regular canning tomatoes but more sauce.  I do miss the juice because this juice is soooo good!!  Also while I was at the market I got some blueberries to have on our oatmeal.  Right now the berries are in season here so the price is down lower than I have seen before and yesterday it was lower than last week.  I could get 3 small boxes for $200 so I got 6 boxes to freeze.  I froze those yesterday and got two quart bags chucked full.   Now when the price goes up too high to be able to have them on our oatmeal I can use my frozen ones.  Of course we always have the dried blueberries each day anyways but they are so good on the oatmeal.  My blueberries are getting set and growing so I know one two bushes I will have some berries.  No idea how many on a bush yet as the buds have not all turned to flowers yet so it looks like it will be a long drawn out season, which will be great when I have 12 bushes out there.  As it is with three I could get enough for breakfast each day once they start turning blue.  I still have one bush that is showing promise but no flowers yet.  They are all three a little bigger than the bush when I potted it.  Right now they are putting all their energy into berries, later in the year they will but their energy into new growth.  They have a long way to go to get to full growth.

The other thing I get from this market is asparagus.  They always have nice fresh asparagus, nice big bunches and only $2 so I always pick up that.  I always had an asparagus bed but never could grow it for that little.  However we never stayed in one place long enough to let the bed get mature enough to really produce well.  I began to feel like Johnny Apple Seed, going up and down the coast starting asparagus beds and moving on as soon as it began to give me asparagus.  I remembered my father’s bed when I was a kid and tried to match it.  I am sure there are several families enjoying great beds.

Time to jar the sauce.  Have a great 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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