Time to make Salsa

It’s only September 12 and they are already predicting a chance of frost tonight. It doesn’t look like a strong chance, and most of my harvest is already in, but I think I will cover my cantaloupe and  tomatoes. The tomatoes are producing so prolifically (see photo) that we will be picking all the ripe ones today and making up some fresh salsa.

Quick and Easy Salsa

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained. (0r fresh if available)
  • ¼ c chopped red onion

    Some of my tomatoes on September 12
  • ¼ c chopped onion
  • 1 T cider vinegar
  • 1 T minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded (optional)

Place all ingredients into food processor. Pulse until mixed and chunky. Serve with tortilla chips.

Fall is on its way

Colorful bell peppers in my garden this week.

For me Labor Day signals the end of summer and thus the beginning of fall. The weather has been fantastic that past week with warm days and decidedly cooler mornings. The warm summer has definitely been good for the gardens this year. We have finished picking the last of the corn now, which makes me sad, but Maren froze enough to get us through until next summer. Now we will begin drying the onions and putting up some salsa for the winter with the tomatoes and peppers that are producing like crazy right now.

This is the first year in quite a while that I haven’t been concerned about an early fall frost. Our average frost date in Idaho Falls is September 20 and if we last that long we will have harvested as much as we could ever want. The only thing we need a little more time on is our cantaloupe. We have yet to pick our first one, but we should start picking this week.

But they are predicting a cool down this week with highs as low as upper 60’s and lows in the upper 30’s so we need to be prepared to cover things just in case. I sure love this time of year in east Idaho. Fall is always my favorite time of year.