Saturday, October 14

Daily Farm Photo: 10/14/06

Freshly Picked Fall Color

And just in time, too. Twenty-one degree frosty mornings have arrived on the farm! Oh the warmth from the first fires in the woodstove each year always feels extra cozy. But back to this beautiful bounty. So what am I going to do with it? Green tomatoes will actually turn red once they've been picked, so I'll be setting some aside for salads as I have all kinds of autumn greens in the garden and greenhouse. They won't develop that deep, vine-ripened flavor, but I figure it's a small price to pay for dining on organic, heirloom homegrown tomatoes on Thanksgiving. (And you know they'll still taste miles better than anything commercially available.)

As for the rest? It's time to make some of my Green Tomato Relish! This tasty (and oh-so-easy) concoction is really more like a salsa, so don't let the name scare you away. You can put it on everything from flank steak to home-fried potatoes, and it'll keep right in the fridge for weeks--no canning necessary. Click here for the recipe--and I do hope you'll let me know if you make some.

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  1. The colors from all of that bounty are great. Our little garden is only cranking out okra and I think that's about at the end. Boy does that stuff keep on growin'! I know it's a bit early but I am already looking at the garden for what I can get from it next year. Thanks for the inspiration and all the shared knowledge!

  2. These vegetables are prettier than fall foliage.
    You could also slice some of your green tomatoes and dip them in a little flour, salt and pepper and then pan fry them.

  3. This is beautiful! I, too, pulled in any tomatoes that were big enough to ripen indoors. I found an odd shaped zucchini, too -- the last fall "harvest" is always interesting. (

  4. Beautiful bounty Farmgirl! I guess it's not too late to go to the farmers market for some goodies...

  5. Oh, but I lived closer!!! I'd take those extra tomatoes off of your hands or offer to do dishes while you prepared food, in exchange for a few of them... And I'd for sure make fried green tomatoes. I do miss the hills, the frost, the glory of the clean air.

    Life should be at a slower pace. We are all traveling so very fast to get --- where? And, we are in such a hurry rushing to these places that we forget to notice the people or our surroundings. And kindness... Where did it go? Do we not care about the person standing behind us in line or stopped at the four-way stop across from us anymore?

    And then there is a farm and a garden and a precious lamb. And all is well with the world.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Sandy and Skye in Texas (where the weather is "almost" perfect, if life is not)

  6. Ive just planted our tomatoes and am dreaming of the fruit,roll on summer!Laughed when I saw that brilliant book "BREAD ALONE" in your Amazon shop-I taught myself how to bake and use a 100 year old wood fired oven armed only with that book.I ran an organic bakery for 4 years before returning to normal sleeping patterns,do you make the lemon and poppyseed loaf?It is heaven!!!

  7. I did make your green tomato relish/salsa this weekend! Husband and kids all loved it, so I'll be making a couple more batches. Seems like there is never enough jars of salsa around here.

    Any ideas on what to do with all of the chile peppers we picked before the snow flew?

  8. HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO READ MY MIND? I just pulled my tomato plants and was searching for a green tomato relish recipe.

    Seriously, you're creepy.

    But, I'll be making some up and I'll post on it. Then I'll link to you and tell everyone your psychic. And if there are any tomatoes left, I'll making green tomato tart and continue the ALL PIE ALL THE TIME habit of our household.

  9. Susan,
    I just wanted to tell you that I made the relish today and it is so yummy!
    I did a post about it if you're interested.
    Thanks for the recipe!


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