Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The week of preserving the harvest wasn't really just a week. You know that, right? When you're preserving food, it's about the whole season. And the height of that season, in Portland, seems to be September.
Just when I thought 37 lbs. of tomatoes was enough, we found a u-pick tomato field. A super secret, amazing place. The field has been here for years. But built up around it now, is industrial Portland. Completely surrounded.
The only other people picking that early morning when we were there? Couples in their 60's. And 70's. They knew this place before the industrial park complexes surrounded it.
AdRi read the sign posted on the barn door that said the u-pick tomatoes were 50 cents a lb. Surrounded by these beautiful tomatoes? She couldn't stop picking. "Just a few more." And the box became full of red beauties.
I wandered with my camera. And admired the sunflowers in the strange setting.
I could now blog about the chile sauce (thanks mom for sending my childhood favorite!), BBQ sauce, tomato jam, and pear chutney we made and canned. I could. But I'm a little tired. And these photos here will have to do.
But before I go, I wanted to let you know that this Thursday, I'll be on a local radio show here in Oregon, Think Out Loud, and will be speaking about, well, you guessed it, preserving the harvest. Listen in from 9-10am, 91.5 KOPB, for what I'm sure will be a great show about preserving food. (Looks like you'll also be able to listen to the show online afterwards, so I'll post a link to it then.) Update: you can read about the show here and comment ahead of time. Chime in and tell them what you're preserving!
P.S. Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post about my friend, Rudy. For you to know, we walked today and talked about the economy. He's pissed off and asked the question, "Why is it always the little guy who gets stuck with this mess?" I wish I had a good answer to that. But if Rudy, at age 94, can still vote, so can you. Please make sure you're registered!