The family on Cedar Lane Farm

The family on Cedar Lane Farm
These are the people I love! That's my sweet mama in the middle. I wonder what she's thinking.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Harvest...coming soon.

I'm on vacation this week.  I tried to plan this week off to coincide with the harvesting of the garden vegetables.  Well, it's Wednesday, and it's slowly coming together.

I'm getting a handful of okra each day, and when I have enough for a canning, I'll have those pickled okra on my shelf as well.   This year was our first try at okra.  To my surprise, it's gorgeous!

Isn't Okra a cool vegetable?  Look how it grows!  Always clean.

The jalepeno peppers (which I use in my Rotel recipe) are being so productive, they are weighing my plants down!  I'm very happy with this crop too!


Now, my tomatoes are my prize crop!  I have nearly 25 plants in the garden.  The majority of them are Roma, as I can lots of spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, salsa and "rotel" tomatoes.  My plants are completely covered with tomatoes, but they're still all green.  I hope that they ripen while I'm on vacation, because this crop takes most of my time to store.  Take a gander at these puppies!  They're so nice this year. 

So, in the meantime........while I wait for my favorite crop to ripen, the cucumbers have my attention.  Yesterday, I picked about 25 cucumbers and canned the pickles.  I used the Mrs. Wages, polish dill pickles envelope from the local grocer.  They turned out nice.  What do you think?

I hope your garden is blessing you with a lot of good, wholesome food for your family.  I'll share the "rotel" recipe if any of you are interested.  Just leave me a comment!



  1. Those dill pickles look so good. My nephew and his wife make goodies for us every year at Christmas, and dill pickles is one of them. I love the canned strawbery jam they make too. Have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  2. Your crops look wonderful. We plant lots of tomatoes and peppers for canning too, and I think your pickles look great, you've given me an idea, as I have just enough for one batch and it's much easier with the mix! Enjoy your vacation and I hope your garden blesses you with a huge bounty this year, food prices are TERRIBLE!