Sixty-two quarts of plum tomatoes canned! We spent the holiday coring and peeling and cooking hundreds of tomatoes with our friends the Osinski's. Fifteen-year-old Susanna was planning on doing about a dozen jars by herself, although her mother really want 40 quarts to get the family through the winter. So Pete and I said let's just do it -- add a few jars in for us and we'll help. So while Isabel, Susanna and I cored and peeled, Mike and Pete headed to Agway for more jars and to the farm stand for more tomatoes. Mercator headed to the grocery store for more lemon juice. We had them all canned in a few hours, using all six burners on the stove plus a propane burner outside. When we finished we sat down to a lunch of fresh caught bluefish, then all jumped into the bay for a swim. It's amazing how satisfying it is to see sixty-two jars of tomatoes sitting on the counter.
I realized last night that summer is, for all intents and purposes, over. The sun was nearly down by 7:30, and the garden is overgrown and shriveled. This summer has been great. We took advantage of the dry and not-too-hot weather. We swam almost every day, had a terrific vacation, fun times with neighbors, a wonderful Fourth of July with our wonderful daughter and close friends. I taught a class and took a class. I even found a parking place at the Post Office every single time I went, although the village has been full of tourists. No regrets this year. I took advantage of every day.
Now it is time for the show season to start. First up: The Hallockville Fall Festival and Peconic Ruggers Rug Show. This is such a fun day! Be sure to join us. Barb and I will have a booth in the Naugles barn, where the rug show will be.