Our tomatoes finally started to come in a couple of weeks ago and now are going gangbusters!!Picking every other day. Finally learned how to spell zucchini. Folks are bringing produce from their gardens at home.
This evening we picked tomatoes that, if all goes as planned, will indirectly benefit the food pantry. The 1st weekend in October Palestine hosts the Wabash Valley Wine & Art Festival. Our plan is to use some of our surplus of tomatoes to make salsa for a food booth during the festival. Proceeds from the chips & salsa stand will go back into the garden to raise more produce for the food pantry next year!
We’re chopping the tomatoes and freezing them to be used in a couple of weeks at our “Salsa (making) party” in the church basement.
We had some issues with the water well this morning and since it supposed to be in the mid-90s again today we decided that might be a priority. In spite of that we were still able to get a few bags of produce picked and delivered to the local food pantry. Green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, and a cantaloupe!
A few families from the food pantry have begun coming to the garden and picking their own vegetables … YEAH!
Of course we have no way of recording & reporting what they harvest, but we’re OK with that! 😀
Our “little” tomato patch has kicked into high gear with past week of hot weather. Today we took 3 bags to the food pantry and took the not-so-pretty ones to the kitchen for canning. Most of the plants are loaded … we picked 12 nice tomatoes of one plant yesterday!
We are in our second picking of green beans and I swear there are more than the first time through.
We should begin picking sweet corn this week – if the deer and raccoons don’t beat us to it.
Here’s a quick update on how the Just. Good. Food. program is doing here at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Our two raised beds have so far produced over 90 pounds of vegetables that were delivered to the Operation Bootstrap food pantry and some to the homeless shelter in town. We’ve had great success with the lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, and some of the mini-bell peppers. The mini-belles were from seeds that you sent to us as were the cherry tomatoes. We are officially now part of the Stevens Point Area Giving Gardens (one of about 10) that are raising vegetables for the various food pantries here.
The kids in Vacation Bible School helped us harvest the carrots and some of the tomatoes last week and we have a lot more green beans and tomatoes to pick (probably this coming Sunday). The hot weather has really been helpful in terms of ripening the veggies. At some point we’d like to put in another raised bed but that may end up being a fall project.
Hope the rest of the churches are doing as well. This has been a really worthwhile project for our church and a teachable moment for the kids. A good thing all in all.
Our tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen AND look nice too!
Picked 12 ripe tomatoes off of one vine this morning got 2 pecks of purple beans from just one row and this is the 2nd picking.
It’s time to make salsa in Palestine, IL