As our gardens are starting to put on ripe fruits and veggies, you may have more than you can cook on a daily basis, and are unsure what to do with your garden harvests. We can help!

Tomatoes- There are so many options when it comes to tomatoes. You can: sun dry them, make into pasta sauce, cook up and freeze, or can them and give them away to friends and family. With endless recipes for tomatoes, go online or Pinterest and do some digging. We love a simple tomato, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar salad drizzled with olive oil for hot summer nights.

Squash- Squash when harvested, can be: cooked with; added into spaghetti sauce with your tomatoes, made into a yummy bread, or cut up in chunks in freezer bags, and frozen until you’re ready to cook or bake with them.

Peppers- Depending on the type of pepper you grew and harvested, these will last longer than the veggies listed above, as you can dry them out and use later. With bell peppers, you will want to cook up and use soon- who doesn’t love a good stuffed bell pepper? But you can also add to your tomato sauce to freeze, or can to enjoy later. With smaller peppers, let them dry out, then crush up to add to anything you are cooking that needs a little extra kick, using seeds and all.

Save Seeds- From many plants, as well as the fruit harvested, you can dry out and save seeds to re-plant next year. Sometimes we plant something, unsure of what it is, and LOVE what it produces, so saving seeds is a great way to bring it back year after year. You can also gift seeds to your plant- loving friends and family for Christmas or birthdays. How to save seeds: remove seeds from harvested fruit, place on a paper towel and allow to completely dry out, then bag up. If you’re unsure if they are fully dry, leave out longer, or place in small paper bag to allow for air flow. Here ( ) are some tips for saving seeds from Better Homes & Gardens.

We hope this has given you some good ideas on ways to use your summer harvests.
If you do any of these, or have any of your own great ideas, tag us on social media, we would love to see!

Happy Harvest,
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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