Dripping down my chin, sticky fingers from sweet free-flowing juice and a bliss smile stretched across my face. Yes, this was my first taste of a truly sun-ripened summertime peach. My father had purchased a big box from a gentlemen passing through our remote mountainous town in northern New Mexico. I had never seen such big, plump peaches in all my life…much less an entire box full. It was a warm day on our small porch of which I left sweet droplets of peach for the sun to dissolve.
One of the true pleasures of summer is the bounty of fresh produce from farmers markets, CSA’s and best yet, your garden. Herbs fall into my favorite category for growing and harvesting as they are some of the easiest plants to grow in Colorado.
The notion of putting food up is one that previous generations were familiar with - taking the bounty of the local harvest and preserving it for later. Of course, many of us didn’t grow up with the tradition of putting food up. But as we have become re-introduced with the art of growing our own vegetables and cooking from farm-to-table, the art of home-preserving has seen a resurgence. Now we have the desire to figure out