This is the first year that I have had enough fruit in my own garden to process. I learned a couple of things.
When you leave for work in the morning and there are 3 peaches on the ground, and you come home to find 100 peaches on the ground, it is time to pick them all...even if they aren't ripe. I considered trying to salvage the fallen peaches too, but they were too bad to be salvaged.
12.5 pounds of grapes that I picked from my friend's driveway. If they were my own grapes, I would have made juice with half and jam with half, but the deal was - I would pick her grapes, make jam, and then split the jars between us.
The biggest lesson I learned: although I consider myself quite old-fashioned and about the most "could-make-it-as-a-pioneer" person I know in real life (I'm not counting my internet friends), I would fail miserably if I had to support our family on the food that I could put up. The weekend of canning just about did me in. I can't imagine having to put up a whole winter's worth of food. It's not all bad, though. So far, I have managed to put up a year's worth of dill pickles, sweet pickles, hot peppers, salsa, tomato juice, half a year's worth of jam (with fruit in the freezer waiting for me), and dried all the herbs we should need and a few extra bits here and there. I'm not giving up yet though...I have cancelled my weekend plans and hope to stay home to do round 2 this weekend.
Linking up with: Wildcrafting Wednesday at Mind Body and Sole
Homemade Monday at Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity
The Backyard Farming Connection - Hop