Saturday, October 22, 2011


Back at the beginning in July I took on the task of coordinating and ordering produce from the Yakima valley in Washington to be delivered to my house and picked up by those who ordered for the purpose of canning, dehydrating or just eating fresh.

We began with cherries and each week or so thereafter we would offer different produce as it became available.  Next we had apricots, green beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, pears, peaches and ended with apples a couple of weeks ago.  Whew!  When we added up the pounds of produce that was delivered over the course of about three months it came in at just over
9,000 lbs.

For those not familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints let me explain why I would even take on this task.
We are counseled by our church leaders to live providently, be self-reliant and to be prepared in all things.  One of those areas of preparedness is having extra food and other supplies on hand in the event of an emergency, job loss, illness, earthquake or any other unforeseen event.
Sooooo long story, short, I voluntarily helped lots of people help themselves.

Here are some of the things I was able to get put up for my food storage.

I also froze some corn that I didn't get pictures of.

Please don't think I am posting any of this to brag or pat myself on the back.  Hopefully others will be inspired to do something to be better prepared for those unexpected twists and turns life throws at us sometimes.


tammy said...

Wow, I would love to have all that canned! I really need to learn how to that.

Saimi said...

You go girl!! Wow I'm impressed with your canning skills! Seriously I do jam and that's about it and even at that it's a huge process! I can't begin to imagine what you endured putting up all that fruit!

good job!!

Cherie said...

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful! I am not a canner at all so I think it is a lovely sight and I am a little jealous!

Garden of Egan said...

Connie! I love it!!!! I LOVE to can.
This year if it sat still I canned it.
Your produce in the sparkly jars are just beautiful. That is a lot of work and you should be proud.
I take pictures of my canning too.

We are the Stake Preparedness Specialists and we had a huge fair today. I'm exhauted right now.

Rainy Day Farm said...

The only problem now is where do we put it all. I am bursting at the seems. Need to get Robb onto making shelves.