We are overflowing with peppers (bells and cubanelles), eggplants (neon, Italian, Chinese and globe varieties) and another 40 pounds of tomatoes. We can not keep up with the processing of all these veggies. We shared with friends, family and the food bank. I spend my free time searching for recipes, chopping, freezing or canning. We canned 30 quarts of tomatoes and 11 pints of salsa. We have several gallon freezer bags filled with chopped peppers and roasted eggplant slices (some plain or coated with bread crumbs). The eggplant slices can replace the noodles in lasagna.
We are grateful for this wonderful veggie bounty, but the best gift from the garden came today. It was not the 45 more pounds of veggies we picked (not in the photo). It was when my son eagerly helped me plant the fall crops of broccoli, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, kale and fennel. He put on gloves, tucked in each newly planted seedling with a handful of fertilizer and a smile!