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8/30/17 7:15 P

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Lee, how are things going for you this week? Do I remember you saying your wife is
also trying to eat better? I am probably wrong, was just thinking.

I "think" it is hard having the Pa. Dutch influence or maybe its the farming influence
because we ate so many starches and breads. If we had anything I didn't like as a
kid I would eat jelly bread, but we almost "always" had some type of potatoes.

I read something about the heritage of the potato once, where people were almost
starving, and they were scouring around through weeds for something to eat and
they saw these brown things in the ground, pulled them up, cut them open and they
were so "blah" they almost threw them aside, and then someone said, "let's cook them
it is better than nothing, so the people ate them and thought they were terrible but
at least had sustenance. I can't believe they were talking about my friend the potato.
Although I am trying now to eat as few of them as possible.
I had a small baked potato last week, but I made my husband mashed potatoes last
week and did not eat any. That was a miracle in itself. :-)

Hope it is a good week for you all.

Netter, have you tried the eggplant yet?



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8/30/17 7:48 A

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I'm going to try some zucchini pickles. We like bread and butter pickles so I'll use that recipe. Thanks for the idea! I picked up a small eggplant from a farm market this past weekend. Going to try it this week. Hopefully, I can add this to my list of veggies to eat.




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8/30/17 1:33 A

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Proverbs, I'm from South Central Kentucky. Somerset/Lake Cumberland area. Now live in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area. Lol on the word phrases as heritage is half German and some ancestors from the mid Pennsylvania area so good call! Other half is Scotch-Irish.

Not physically able to Garden but this year Wife put in a small 4' diameter area with 6 plants. Cucumber, pepper, 2 zucchini, eggplant and watermelon. Next year hoping to put in a raised bed in. Love and miss gardening. Grandparents farm was where we had a large garden each year. Canning and freezing too. As kids we did it all but like your family we'd sit on stool outside in yard and shuck corn, snap beans and such. Good to be taught and have the experience and knowledge. So now I Get veggies from Farmers stands to put up corn and green beans, beets.

Netter61, Make pickles out of zucchini just like my bread and butter pickles made from cucumbers. I don't let my zucchini, cucumber or other squash get very big. Pick them young and tender, no bigger than 6-7 inches long or 2 inches across. I slice mine and is on the sweet side not dilled. Put onions in with them too. Awesome on sandwiches!

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8/25/17 7:32 A

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I grew up with gardens and canning and freezing. Got away from it after getting out on my own. Now that I'm in a place where I can garden, I'm giving it a shot! Last year, we had zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. Not very abundant but some. This year trying more tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. The carrots and cantaloupe didn't make it. Got some peaches and corn from one of the farm stands last weekend and canned/froze those. Hoping to do some more peaches and pears this weekend. Sure wish I had more time and space!!

Lee - pickled zucchini?? What is that like? Do you slice it or spear it?






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Oh,how wonderful Lee....Just reading, "put up" - are you from Lancaster area? That
sounds like PA Dutch influence. We have not canned any fruits or vegetables for a couple
years now, just not capable. We are moving soon... we sold all our canning things but one
canner, just in case. Someone is coming possibly this weekend to look at the rototiller to
buy it, my husband said he is going to just burn the push plow its so bad. We have been
married 42 years we always had a garden, even this year we had some mint come back
up and winter onions came back up so it felt like we had one.

When the kids were home we put up a lot of fruits and vegetables. We loved making
vegetable soup, and our best year we did 137 quarts of soup, we had soup in the canners
for two days and two nights, but we got it done. That year or the next we did 139+ plus
quarts of green beans, those were our highs, we did do usually 5 bushels of peaches
a year, and 5 bushels of apples for applesauce. I can't even imagine that now, but then
the kids were here to help, and they truly did help. We homeschooled and did everything
together. Our son's family does corn, they all husk, then some start brushing it while
the others get things set up and the water boiling. They do it mostly outside...once it is
picked and husked the oldest son is done, then the middle boy and girl brush the corn
and the two oldest girls boil the corn, they put it into the cold water too cool, the youngest
girls job is to get it out of the cold water and put it on the table, then the oldest girls cut it
off the cob, and the next to the youngest child, a boy, bags it up. Its so neat that they each of their jobs, and they work so fast, and laugh and have such a good time. Granted
if they have done a lot that day they get tired, but they work together.

Okay, enough.....enjoy what you can do with the garden, Lee, and think of me when
you pull your next produce out of it.

Take care!

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8/24/17 9:37 P

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Farmers Markets are full of goodies now. Love Cantaloupe! Peaches and plums are doing well in our area too. Have put up green beans and corn, beets and made pickles out of the zucchini and cucumbers we planted. We planted in a raised bed some cucumber, zucchini, eggplant, watermelon and peppers but the other veggies we get at the markets. Not physically able to garden much anymore. Really miss it. Very therapeutic enjoyable hard work. For me the rewards were more than the produce gotten from it.

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8/21/17 11:59 A

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I've been wanting to visit our local Farmers Market but because of mobility issues have not been able to. There are a few vegetable stands that I can get around fairly easily so I try to visit those. In fact, got peaches, pears, cantaloupe, squash, corn, and a sugar cube melon this weekend. I'm planning to go back this weekend to pick up a few more items so I can do some more canning.




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8/2/17 2:43 P

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Good reminder.

There is on my way to work on Thursdays. If I leave a little early, I can check it out.

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I haven't been to a farmer's market here at home in a while. I did go to one in North Carolina when I was on vacation back in May.

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No, I am not able, and didn't go regularly when I could have. It's something I think I would
have liked if I could have had the energy though. A treat for me is to just stop at a road-
side stand. We have some farmers that put produce out at the end of their driveways.
We will stop once in a while and get, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, potatoes, beets,
green beans, onions, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, earlier we bought strawberries,
and in the fall we will get, pumpkins, gourds and squash. Also I like going to the local
orchards and we get the 2nd grade apples by the 1/2 bushels, and peaches, and pears,
and plums, etc.

There are always special times for me. Thanks for making me think on good things
today.

Hope everyone has a good time planning your next Farmer's Market Excursion!!!



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Never lately unfortunately. Locally it's held on Fridays, 11-3:30. I need to take a break from work to go more often.

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How often do you shop your local Farmer's Market(s)?



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