As always, lots to post about. Starting with what I did on my summer vacation. I painted this shed and another building (with other painters, of course) last week on the one day without rain we had. I was in Ohio with my husband and his family, visiting Dayton and the farm. Things were pretty busy, but I’m sure you’ve all heard how the non-stop rain has affected farmers across the midwest and northeast. Here’s a photo of what beautiful tomato plants look like after they have been rained on for weeks at a time. They broke free from their cages and are just on the ground. I saw standing water in the cornfields in Indiana and Ohio. Corn stalks where the bottoms are just turning yellow and rotting.
The soybeans are up and looking beautiful. The sunsets and moonrises were just amazing – it was a full moon last week, and I could just sit for hours watching it.
One last picture of the produce screens built by my in-laws. Rainwater passes right through and air still circulates. This was our last morning visiting, and the plum tomatoes are being packed up for me to use for tomato sauce. We left with 53 ears of corn, 11 lbs of green beans, 6 lbs of plum tomatoes, 6 lbs of heirloom tomatoes, a watermelon, 8 cucumbers, 4 zucchini, and 4 yellow squash. Oh, and 50 lbs of peaches from the Amish store. So far, I have made 8 cups of red pepper peach chutney and 21 cups of peach salsa. I also gave away at least 8 lbs of peaches, and I still have over 25 lbs left. Today I plan to make 7 cups of tomato sauce, probably 12 or 18 cups of peach jam and peach lavender honey jam, and then maybe I will simply puree the rest of the peaches and can them. Grilled peaches for dessert tonight, and peaches in my yogurt. I hope summer never ends.