I recently wrote about one of our local farmers markets and the variety of produce for sale there. There are several people from Cutco who choose to grow their own and reitree Sharon Carls is one of them. She and her family have planted a large garden at their country home for many years.
We visited Sharon’s garden on a sunny day in July and found some vegetables ripe for picking and others just starting to produce.
There were onions, peppers, green beans, tiny cucumbers and small green tomatoes starting to appear. Some of the peas were ripe for picking and little zucchinis were growing from their orange blossoms, although Sharon said they had already picked several.
With the help of her daughter, Olivia, Sharon cans and/or freezes everything she grows.
She makes homemade tomato juice, tomato sauce, pickles, dilly beans and salsa, which is a recipe she is sharing with us. She also makes zucchini bread and freezes it or shreds the zucchini to freeze and use later. She and her family enjoy the bounty of the garden throughout the fall and winter.
Depending on availability and price, Sharon either picks or purchases various kinds of berries and makes her own jam. I have been the lucky recipient of jars of mixed berry and blueberry jams which were both delicious. She and her husband, Steve, are also avid deer hunters and make a delicious venison chili.
The Carls’ are also the parents of another daughter, Stephanie and son, Dennis and grandparents of seven grandchildren. Sharon is one busy lady! After all this, she still finds time to scrapbook, sew and do crafts.
Serving suggestions for homemade salsa:
Use it as a topping on hamburgers
Add it to spaghetti sauce
Top French fries with fresh salsa and then sprinkle with blue cheese