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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2526 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2526 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  08:21:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Due to my lack of garden this year (my intentions are there, but work and weeds take over), I have been forced to buy my produce.
But fear not! I found a huge Amish community in the county directly north, and their produce is unbelievable and so affordable! Some of the Amish communities have become quite commercial, but this place is so authentic. There have over 15 farms, and each one concentrates on one or 2 crops. I stop there whenever I have work in the area, and yesterday, this was my haul. All of the tomatoes were $8 and all heirlooms. All of the yellow zucchini was $1. Spaghetti squash $1. Etc etc. I even got ground cherries and tomatillos. All of this for $25. Plus we ate quite a bit last night.
Yes Please!!

suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1621 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1621 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  08:24:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sometimes Lisa, I think its great we support our local farmers as well, healthy organic and clean foods! I gave up working so hard to supply so much for our family when there were othere good families that needed support! Your haul looks amazing! When I visit my brother out in NC we purchase from an Amish family out there! I've never been disappointed!!!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  08:35:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa you did good. I love looking at fresh garden produce. Been known to let it sit a day or two so I can look at it when I'm in the kitchen.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2526 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2526 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  10:42:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The tomatoes were so called canning tomatoes, but they are perfect. I'm trying to eat as many as I can fresh, then fermenting some.
I'd never eaten ground cherries; now hubs and I are addicted!
I'm with you Dianna, supporting local farmers that work so hard is satisfying too. So neat to see the horse drawn carts carrying loads of produce to be sold. No carbon footprint there, except what the horses emit. LOL
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  12:17:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa you taught me how to ferment snacking tomatoes. How do you ferment larger ones? I was given several fresh from the garden tomatoes but I have to limit how much fresh tomatoes I eat.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2526 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2526 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  1:44:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I make salsa with peppers, onion, garlic, lemon juice etc. add salt, sit on counter for a week or 2, then refrigerate.
Also, you can ferment whole tomatoes, add water, salt, and after a few weeks, push through a sieve and add basil, garlic etc for kind of a cold fermented marinara.
My problem is always refrigerator space. LOL.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  3:02:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, I have all the ingredients so I'll try the salsa recipe in the morning. I have red cabbage sauerkraut and Swish chard ribs fermenting on the counter so I'll have to move them down to make room for one more jar. lol

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2526 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2526 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  3:27:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sounds good Sara. I have a couple of heads of cabbage in the back of my fridge and they froze?? Trying to decide if I can still make kraut with them.
My counter is getting crowded too.
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

481 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
481 Posts

Posted - Jul 28 2019 :  6:55:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a wonderful haul for the amount you paid. I agree that is it a great thing to support local venders that sell vegetables. I support a local Mennonite group that sells produce. I haven't had a garden in 4 years. I have wanted to, just could not for various reasons. I was happy to purchase from them and the produce was perfect.

Lori Beck
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

699 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
699 Posts

Posted - Jul 29 2019 :  01:44:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great looking produce! Our garden is not doing good this year at all. But we are still whipped out with squash. My husband takes it to work and people love to get it. Those tomatoes look so tasty---heirloom tomatoes are the very best tasting of all tomatoes---but I never can grow them because of diseases. Enjoy your bounty!

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3372 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3372 Posts

Posted - Jul 29 2019 :  8:38:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a gorgeous produce haul! I didn't get around to a garden this year and it makes me sad. We have been getting a few things from some family members. I wish we could find a local farmer to support!

Krista
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4230 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4230 Posts

Posted - Jul 30 2019 :  06:01:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa, your produce from the Amish farms looks beautiful all spread out on your table. Successful gardening is really hard sometimes depending on the weather and time you have to attend to it. Having Amish farms with home grown produce is a wonderful alternative to take advantage of. You get the quality of produce, help support local farmers, and still have all that you need to make your favorite canned goods. Win , Win!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2526 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2526 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2019 :  3:53:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winnie, I still have some tomatoes, peppers, and kale going, but this has been such an easy alternative.
Stopped there again last week, and replenished zucchini, peppers, (got a giant bag of jalapenos for a buck), and melons galore.
Wanted to share a recipe for zucchini that I got from Rose Marie Trapani's Instagram. If you want to drool, check her out.
-Blanch sliced zuke in equal parts white vinegar and water (boil 3 minutes), stick in ice bath, then make a dressing of 2 parts olive oil to one part lemon juice, crushed garlic (as much as you can take LOL), fresh parsley, salt and crushed pepper. Add some olives, and crusty bread and what a great appetizer!
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

419 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
419 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2019 :  4:06:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We harvested turnips yesterday; earlier than I wanted but they are a decent size. I love turnip greens but unfortunately so do the cabbage moths. I'm trying to be organic but this is the second year we've had problems with them. Last year they totally decimated the okra and turnip greens. They don't bother the chard, beans, or beets. I miss my turnip greens :-(

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6704 Posts

Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
6704 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2019 :  12:45:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love turnips Judith! I have never had turnip greens though. How do you cook them?

The produce from the Amish looks fantastic. I didn't garden this year. I've never had a real good garden here. It starts out great but then is so hot and I lose most of it so I didn't do it this year. It's just as well as we are empty nesters and I have a problem figuring out how much to cook after cooking for so many for so long.

~Denise
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