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A Bounty of Tomatoes

September 14, 2008
I have a couple of posts in my head that are spin-offs from my family cloth post of nearly a week ago (sheesh! where does time go?). I’ve been busy with other things, though and haven’t gotten around to doing posting them. I will get to them eventually, so stick around.

On Friday my friend April and I strapped our combined five children into my van and headed out to a local u-pick farm for tomatoes and also ended up getting zucchini, jalapenos, and eggplants as well.

These are rows and rows of tomato plants.

All of the kids helped pick and really sped up the process. You can’t see the two of us, but we were really picking, too; we didn’t set the kids up with buckets and drink iced coffees and holler for them to pick faster.

Here are the slightly more than 100 pounds of tomatoes that we got.

In the next day or so I will post about the preserving we have done.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Rane permalink
    September 14, 2008 7:40 pm

    100lbs? How much was it for a
    u~pick farm if you don’t mind
    me asking. I always wanted to
    go to one but was afraid of how
    much it would cost.

  2. Lisa permalink
    September 14, 2008 9:46 pm

    Would you believe they were only $.45/lb? The 107 lb tomatoes, the several pounds of zucchinis, about 1 lb of jalapenos and a couple pounds of eggplants were $50.32! What a deal! Of course, your area may be different, but it will certainly be cheaper since you pick yourself.

  3. Rane permalink
    September 14, 2008 11:33 pm

    That is very shocking!!!! I may
    have a heart attack! I am in IL.
    But have no idea about it. Wow
    and was that just your share or
    are you sharing half with your
    friend? if so $23 is also great!
    Because it also gave you a chance
    to give the kiddies a chance to
    a very fun day!! Very cool!!

  4. Angelina permalink
    September 15, 2008 12:15 am

    I’m so glad you two (and the kids) did this! Now you’ve canned tomatoes!! I can’t wait to hear more details.

  5. Angeleen permalink
    September 15, 2008 4:33 pm

    What’s wrong with giving the kids buckets to pick like mad while you sip iced coffee in the shade? I think that’s freakin’ BRILLIANT! (Please see my post on painting our bedroom.) 😉

    Sounds like a very productive and economically rewarding day!


  6. Rane permalink
    September 16, 2008 1:09 am

    Hahaha! I can’t do math~ $25 dollars *typo*

  7. Lisa permalink
    September 16, 2008 1:22 am

    Angelina-I will have more details, but not lots of photos. I was remiss in the photo-taking.

    Angeleen-The basic problem with child labor is quality control. You don’t always get what you had in mind to get. The big girls found a row of small tomatoes, somewhere between cherries and regular size and picked about half a bucket of them. Those small tomatoes just about double the work!

    Rane-Haha! You can’t do math and I can’t remember correctly. The actual total was $54.32, so even at $27 for each of us, it’s still a fabulous deal. I think we may just have canned enough to last us through to next year’s tomato season, or darn close!

  8. Rane permalink
    September 16, 2008 3:45 pm

    And I tend to repete myself!
    LOL~ That is very nice. I am afraid
    to try to can it looks to complicated. I have small kids too
    I am afraid they will get hurt.

  9. Lisa permalink
    September 16, 2008 5:16 pm

    Canning really isn’t complicated. If you can cook, you can can. Do you have a friend who would be willing to help and you could split the goods? That is a good idea, I think, with small children. I canned with my friend for the same reason. It’s also nice to have the company.

  10. Rane permalink
    September 17, 2008 12:40 am

    I really don’t know anyone here
    yet. I will not try until next year
    I think. Maybe… I did get a bunch
    of tomatoes and you slice them
    from the core down, salt them and
    place them on a baking sheet. Put
    ground rosemary choped basil and
    olive oil on top. Bake in oven on
    350 for until it is started to
    lightly brown on top. After have
    a large glass jar put them inside
    and add garlic and Parmesan in the
    layers, after top with more olive
    oil. lid it. Eat it in salads in
    pasta or pizzas and it tastes great
    on buttered toast~ that is my 2year
    olds idea of pizza that with cheese
    on it. This keeps in the fridge for
    ever because of the spices and oil.
    My daughter loves it by puting just
    a slice with a garlic in the
    blender with some room temp cream
    cheese. She loves this with a
    toasted bagel. My mom use to can
    these but I remember that she said
    that it was dangerous because of
    the oil during canning. So I never
    seen how she did it because I was
    not aloud to be in the kitchen.

  11. September 17, 2008 6:11 am

    So what did you end up doing with your tomatoes? I keep thinking I need more, but then I’m reminded of 2006, when I went way overboard on canning tomatoes!

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