Wednesday, August 11, 2010

45 pounds of Chard

Megan and lots of chard!
The food processing has begun in earnest!  Megan and Donna persevered despite Liva's repeated deliveries of larger and larger baskets of chard to process.  45..or more pounds later, the winter food security is well on its way.  45 pounds of chard have been harvested, washed, chopped, blanched, dried, packaged and frozen. 

So much more is on the list: Pestos, salsas, dried tomatoes, canned tomatoes, pickled veggies, broccoli, cauliflower..and who knows what else.  All so members can enjoy quality local food this winter, when the delights of fresh tomatoes and harvesting from the field have passed.    It makes August and September busy months.  In addition to the regular farm work there is lots of harvesting and processing. But as the freezers and Canning cupboards start to fill up, it is really satisfying!

Some of the animals love this time of year as well.  The pigs were the beneficiaries of the massive chard processing.  They LOVE chard.  I don't know why, but they do.  So big and small, the pigs were thrilled o get the cuttings and gleanings from the chard.  

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