On Wednesday, I went a little crazy.
It all started when I found out that Silver Queen Farm in Trumansburg was selling winter squash for 50 cents per pound. Being the autumn lover that I am, I naturally wanted to stock up while they were still cheap. I picked out small, sleek butternuts, cute mini pumpkins, and lumpy Hubbards. Delicata squash were abundant, and the acorns were plentiful. I may have gone a little overboard.
In case you were wondering what 64 pounds of squash looks like, it looks like this.
9 butternut squash
6 mini pumpkins
8 acorn squash
3 delicata squash
1 monster Hubbard and 3 orange babies
Since I had the car out (a rare occurrence indeed), I decided to stop by a U-Pick farm for apples on my way home. I have a lot of canning recipes I want to try, after all. Somehow, I left with a bushel of apples, about 40 pounds in all.
You’d think these mass quantities would cost a fortune, but because both squash and apples are at the peak of their season, I brought all 104 pounds home for $57. That’s only 55 cents a pound overall, so I know I will be grateful when the snow is blowing along the ground and produce prices have skyrocketed.
In the next few days, I’ll show you how I am storing and preserving it all. None of it is difficult at all, and you don’t need to buy 104 pounds to experience the benefits of preserving your food. Even a few pounds will do, I promise!