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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Time capsule


[posted by risa]

"Look what I found while I was cleaning out the office."

I glanced at the tattered, yellowed pages in Beloved's hand -- and did a double take.

"Whoa! This is the records from the old homestead! Can I post these?"

"Sure; they're a window into another world."

"When We Were Young."

"And a lot stronger and more productive than we are now, apparently!"

So, here you go, Dear Readers. A Bear Family time capsule:

1978


Blkberry jam
8 qts
Strawberry jam
12 qts
pickled Beets
6 qts
sweet pickles
42 qts [!!]
dill pickles
7 qts
dill carrots
3 qts
relish

3 pints
tomatoes

25 qts [?]
zucchini
13 qts




1979


Apple Puree
9 [qts?]
Apple sauce
7
Apple butter
8 pints
plum pieces
19 qts
Blk Berry Puree
3
Strawberry Sauce/Puree
14 qts




1980


Strawberry 2 flats freezer 15 qts 11.50
Raspberry 4 flats
freezer 23 1 1/2 pints 2 qrts 1 qrt [?] 26.00
U-pick cherries 55 lbs canned 35 qts rest eaten fresh 13.50
Applesauce 1 grocery bag 7 qts 6 pints
Applebutter 1 1/2 grocery bags

Blkberry
freeze 17 1.5 pints
peaches 80 lbs canned 63 quarts 20.00
greenbeans
2 rows
Royal purple freeze
20 pints
broccoli
2 rows
13 qts froze

dill pickles
7 qts
canned

chutney
3 pts
Green Tom canned

relish
7 pts canned

apple B
7 pts
"

Pear B
5 pts
"

sweet pickles
4 pts "

plums
18 qts canned


plum sauce
17 qts, 6 pts


plum juice
3 qts


14 qts
Applesauce transparent


10 qts
Blk jam


12 pts
Blk jam

5 qts
corn - frozen


10 qts
greens - frozen


1/2 dear [sic]
30 lbs


1/2 salmon
8 lbs
(1/2 for 1981) [?]

6 sea fish
30 lbs
[rockfish and lingcod]

1/2 pig
50 lbs
(1/2 was 1979)

1/4 cow
120 lbs






Green Sprouting Broccoli
excellent


Royal Purple
good for pickling, excellent taste


Runner beans
not prolific -- encourage up poles


Butternut Squash
start earlier
10 small

sugar pumpkins
excellent
one dozen to store

market cukes
ok


Pickling cukes
ok


lemon cukes
ok


Red cabbage
excellent


Blk Simson lettuce
excellent -- planted directly


chicl [?] lettuce
excellent -- planted directly


sucram carrots
small, sweet


scarlet keelper carrots
Larger, not quite as tasty


Dear [sic] tongue
terrific, stood light frost


Kupo4 [??] carrots
ok


Sp. [spaghetti] Squash
fine
dozen to store





1981



goat
one
freeze
30 lbs free
salmon
1/2
freeze
8 lbs free
cow
1/4 freeze
125 lbs - 168.00
1982



dear [sic]
one
freeze
60 lbs free
cow
one
freeze
370 lbs 293.00
pig
one freeze
47 lbs 79.00


The "dear" may seem small but they were Coast Range Blacktail bucks, notable for being much, much smaller than Eastern Whitetails. Even the ones that have been raiding our garden this year are considerably larger, presumably because the smaller size of the mountain Blacktails is to their advantage in the extremely dense rainforest vegetation there. "Deer tongue" is a lettuce. I think.

Not listed are the dozens of cottontails that graced our tables in 1978 and 1979. Their population had exploded, and there was no rabbit fence around the garden. So they took what they wanted from us, and we took from them accordingly. A fair exchange, it seemed to us at the time. Still does...

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