Wednesday, my next-door-neighbor gave me several beautiful "perfect" med.-sized zucchini
and 4 smaller-sized yellow crookneck squash
from his most recent right-off-the-plants-and-into-my-hands harvest. His garden is just across a fence from my apt. building. (We are not allowed to plant anything on our apt. grounds.)
I steamed a pot of the green and the yellow squash cut into chunks, sprinkled them with dill weed, and ate them all. YUM! There just is no food that tastes better to me than in-season, locally grown, fresh produce right from the garden!
They were my entire meal--along with a couple giant slices of the most delicious fresh plain Honey Whole Wheat bread from the Big Sky Bread Company--also a gift from my son-in-law. SO good! --the best "home made" tasting bread I've eaten since I quit baking my own after my children left home!
He gave me a loaf of the Honey 100% Whole Wheat Bread
and a loaf of the 100% Whole Wheat Three Seed Bread
. Together, the loaves weighed 4 pounds 6 oz. and cost over $10.00!!
--a gift for sure!
http://www.bigskybreadcompany.com/produ ... 6a7823c567
Then, I refrigerated an amount of the squash to eat fresh, and grated all that were left and spread them about 1/4"-3/8" thick on three 14' x 14" sheets in my dehrdator, and by morning they had dried and reduced down to one quart of dried shreds to add to my storage. So easy! --and so little clean up. --and couldn't be less expensive, since the squash were free, and my utilites
are included in my rent, so it cost me nothing extra to run my dehydrator.
Yesterday afternoon, I was gifted with tomatoes
"harvested" over the week-end from my daughter's friend's country garden--round and roma and tiny grape tomatoes . Over the weekend, my daughter made huge pots of salsa for canning, then gave me all the remaining tomatoes.
I'll allot out what I think I can eat fresh, and dehydate
the rest as tomato fruit leather treats, plus some dried as slices, and some coarsely chopped for use later in soups, sauces, chili, etc., --and blend some to a liquid to dry on solid sheets to the very brittle stage to blend into tomato powder to store for use in making tomato juice and tomato ketchup, and tomato sauce and tomato paste.
I have "harvested" from a "friendship garden" this entire summer, and am very
grateful to the generous gardeners who did all the planning, and tending, and hard work, and then kindly shared "the fruits of their labors" with me.