Monday, July 21, 2014

Gaining Momentum

With little more than a week left in July, the gardens are rapidly moving into full production. Last week's share featured two types of peas, two types of potatoes, four types of salad greens, and beets. Our children have been delighted with the growing selection of veggies. How wonderful it is to have kids who beg for fresh beets for supper!

As amazing as the fresh produce is, we realize that the time to enjoy it is limited. The time for "putting food by" for the coming winter is upon us. Although it requires a lot of time and effort, I truly enjoy the process of preserving summer's bounty. Tomorrow morning I will begin gathering empty jars out of storage. By tomorrow evening, I hope to have canned my first batch of peas. I will also be making cherry pies to put in the freezer. From now until October, as God allows, I hope to be canning or freezing something at least once a week.

Even as the gardens gain momentum, Dannik Gardens, as a whole, also seems to be picking up speed as we work towards helping it grow. There are so many exciting things on the horizon, it nearly makes me dizzy. It is one thing to dream and make plans, but it is something else entirely to see those dreams and plans begin to rapidly transform into reality. We are so grateful for the support and encouragement of our CSA members, family, and friends. We couldn't do this without you.