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Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on August 9, 2011 at 10:35pm

"we're getting ready to harvest a couple hundred acres of paste tomatoes".

 

The backyard gardener's mind boggles.  That's some kinda tomato sauce. 

Comment by Lynda Reynolds on August 9, 2011 at 11:09pm
Harriet:  The Men in my family farm (acres and acres)...I garden (30 tomato plants).  My son and I go out into his field, he pulls up the tomato plant and then gives a real hard shake and all the tomatoes fall into my bucket...all of them ripen at the same time.  I usually get about 100 pounds at a time.  Last year I went out three times and then one last time when I had a canning party up at my cabin: 200 lbs of paste tomatoes...what a weekend!  The onions, garlic, celery, peppers and herbs that go into the sauces and stewed tomatoes come from the garden.
Comment by Pat Johnson on August 10, 2011 at 8:35am
Lynda.....I just got back from a camping trip to the Rocky Mountain Continintal Divide area of Colorado. I could have swung by and picked up a few tomaotes. I did get a bushel of Hatch Chilies while I was there.
Comment by Lynda Reynolds on August 10, 2011 at 9:15am
I love Hatch Chilies...they are beautiful!  Oh lucky you a camping trip to the Rockies!  I love my Northern California...but Colorado runs a close second!
Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on August 10, 2011 at 9:52am

Lynda, you told me where you farm by I forgot.  As for tomatoes, here in Oregon (or at least in Portland) we will have to wait a while before anything turns red.   But we're hoping.  I do believe I saw a little blush on one of my maters the other day.  

 

Also, what variety of pastes do you grow?

Comment by Pat Johnson on August 10, 2011 at 11:57am
The chilies were a surprise. The big harvest doesn't usually happen till the end of August but they had some early ones at a farmers market in Gunnison Colorado. I've already roasted and peeled them and will be using them this weekend to make "Rotelle" style tomatoes and salsa (plus a froze a few for Chili Reanos(sp?).
Comment by Christene on August 10, 2011 at 2:18pm
Lynda, here I am exhausted over my couple 100 lbs and you are doing so much more; you guys brought up Hatch chilies ahhh love them. I use to live in Truth or Consequences NM so Hatch was just a little ways away.  Have fun with all your tomatoes I think they are finally winding down here.  But I am moving onto peaches then apples.
Comment by Christene on August 11, 2011 at 6:53pm

has anyone heard of this or is made up for them.

 

http://freshpreserving.com/community/events/can-it-forward.aspx

 

Comment by Christene on August 11, 2011 at 6:53pm
Sorry it is National Can It Forward Day.
Comment by Lynda Reynolds on August 11, 2011 at 8:44pm
Yes...it's great!  I had a canning party at my cabin last year.  Ball sent me a canning kit and all kinds of info...  Canning Across America is an awesome site.  Check it out.  http://www.canningacrossamerica.com/

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