For many of us it is that time of the year! Fresh produce and gardens are every where. I love it. Things seem to be moving a little slower than normal here - but they are moving in the right direction.
I have zucchini out the wazoo - but that is OK. I could sure have worse problem! LOL. I won't go hungry and I am working on gifting and using.
I know many can not have gardens. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy fresh goodies. Weekend farm markets seem to abound. There are farm stands and farmers that can be visited. Think about your local orchards - they most often carry all kinds of garden produce as well. I know ours does.
We also have a place that is big and not far from my home called Waterman's Farm Market. They grow fields of goodies and buy from others and they have a nice stand (building) that you can visit most of the year. They also sell jams, jellies, salsa, and other goodies. Check your area for different options.
Fresh is so good and yummy.
IF you possible can - put some back for the winter months. Can or freeze anything and everything you can find.
Start watching around your neighborhoods for fruit trees, wild grapes and walnut trees. There is one in our alley and it is loaded! Barter with others or just say a little prayer that family and friends SHARE with you!
These charts have been printed here before, but I think they may help someone again. Always good info to know.
These charts help figure out how much you need for your family. How much for canning.
I hope this helps someone.
I love this time of the year and all the options we have.
I have heard a lot about shortages and such because of weather. SHOP LOCAL when possible. I just heard on our local news yesterday that corn and soy bean crops in our area at producing at 90%+. This is being considered an excellent year here, despite the cool weather we had, the rain and now the heat. We are fortunate - I know not all areas are.
Get what you can fresh and local. It is by far the best!!!
Enjoy your garden yummies!!!