One of my favorite things about summer, especially the end of summer, is finally getting to enjoy the fruits of all my labor in the garden. I always forget how much work it takes to can just seven quarts of green beans. Or to freeze enough sweet corn for my family through the winter months.
It’s not just the tending to the garden through the summer it’s the time spent picking all those vegetables and the prep that goes into making sure they are cleaned and processed safely for us to eat.
Today, I am rounding up a few of my favorite go to recipes when it comes to enjoying my garden through the cold, snowy months in eastern South Dakota.
My husband is a very, very picky eater. One vegetable he will eat is green beans. So, those plants tend to take up a good portion of my garden. I also think they are super simple to can. If you happen to snag some at a farmer’s market for a great price try out these super simple steps that I show in my blog post.
Another favorite of my husband’s is sweet corn. This require quite a bit of work if you really like corn- but again, I promise you, this one is well worth every bit of work you have to do for it!
Now this is a vegetable my husband is not too fond of. The above two pretty much cover his fondness for vegetables! However, I love zucchini. I love finding new recipes for it. And I love being able to get to go over to my freezer and pull out a bag for some zucchini bread. Zucchini breads and muffins make a wonderful gift for neighbors or for a friend that stops in for a quick cup of coffee. And most people are always giving the stuff away because they have so much. So, snag up a few zucchinis from your friends’ garden and enjoy it for baking and yummy sides through the winter.
I think that having a huge garden and being able to harvest and process for your family is an awesome thing. There is something about eating the food you have grown, it’s so rewarding. But, if you don’t have the space or the time for the work a garden entails that’s where us farmers come in. The products we grow on our farm are safe and healthy and we enjoy providing that product. So, if gardening isn’t for you, but you like the idea of freezing veggies for winter, head to your local grocery store and support farmers!