It is almost the end of summer here on my farm. I fenced in the ten blueberry bushes, netted them and the chipmunks and birds still had a feast. My apple tree that I pruned and sprayed for two years dropped all the apples prematurely. The five heirloom tomato plants gave me three small tomatoes. I am totally rethinking this farming situation. The last straw was when one of the six chickens had its head bit off by a wild animal who tried to pull it through the small whole in the fence. Not a pleasant sight.

As far as the tomatoes go, I bought 20 pounds for canning. One recipe came form Mary Ann Esposito Ciao Italia. My partner and I were invited to have dinner with her and husband Guy. She told us about dehydrating tomatoes and preserving them in olive oil, basil, peppercorns and a little salt. check out her site www.ciaoitalia.com for the video and recipe.

Today I am picking the 6 pears, one peach and 4 plumbs. This has been my harvest this year, but if I net the raspberries we might get some of those.

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