If you were to walk into my pantry today, this is what you would see:
Rows and rows of canned goods, waiting for this winter. There are home made pickles, beets, tomato sauce, sloppy joe sauce, salsa and spaghetti sauce; as well as the store bought goods I buy when they are on sale. But when I look at these shelves, I don’t just see canned goods, I see much more than that.
I see early spring, when we began to till up the ground and plant the seeds. I see those first sprouts sticking out of the ground. I see my husband carefully weeding around the plants in the warm sun.
I see the plants growing and marvel at how those little seeds turn into huge leafy green plants producing an abundance of fruits and vegetables for us to eat and preserve.
Then I see us harvesting all that goodness and am amazed at how it piles up, to the point of giving it away to friends and neighbors.
Giant candy onions and broccoli and beets.
Carrots and beans and more broccoli.
Juicy red tomatoes for fresh BLT’s and salsa.
Freshly dug potatoes for soups and side dishes.
Then I see us preserving the harvest, the final step in stocking that pantry.
Jars and jars filled with delicious garlic dill pickles.
Jars of sauces and salsas, ready to use. I love preserving my own foods; I know what goes into them, that there are no bug parts or unsanitary conditions in making them….these foods won’t be recalled!
So, that’s what I see when I look in my pantry; a season of hard work and God’s bounty. What do you see?