The next step for gardeners and those who buy in-season fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets: home canning.
National Public Radio did a wonderful story on tomato canning, Overloaded from your Garden? Just Can it!
The descriptions and the sounds of canning brought back all of my memories from canning on our family farm. Tomatoes, pickles, and grape juice were the favorites, and I have never found anything in the stores that tasted as good. For those of you who have canned, listen to this story and enjoy - you will love the sound of the jars sealing at the end. For those of you who have never tried it, be inspired.
Here are some of my memories -