“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Happy Labor Day!!

We spent most of the weekend socked in with rain...

the tiny dregs of the previous week's horrible hurricane had passed through our area.

Rain stopped long enough for chores to be done, but that was about it.

We were all able to get outside long enough to prevent cabin fever.

The rest of the time was spent indoors writing and cooking.

This past week's autumn-like weather had given me a chance to catch up on garden weeding...
a task made much easier by the intermittent rains.

I hauled a whole gator load of weeds and spent vegetable plants to the compost pile.
I harvested hot peppers for another batch of hot pepper relish

and the rest of our spindly tomatoes
(who were shriveling on the vine from lack of sunlight and too much rain)
which I popped into the oven to roast.

If you have never roasted your tomatoes, I highly encourage you to try it.
I slice them in half, sprinkle with sea salt, drizzle with olive oils
and bake in the oven at 400 degrees until they look like this...

At this point I either drop them all into a freezer bag and freeze for later use,
or make a pot of roasted tomato basil soup.

This is absolutely the best tomato soup ever (in my opinion),
and oh, so easy to make.

I chop one...

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