The kids don't care what we have them pick as long as we take them with us at the farm and let them take the tractor ride. We end-up canning about 20 lbs of eggplants and 70 lbs of peppers of various kind every year. We had introduced some of our neighbors and friends to our tradition and they all love it.
Fall 2013: Tractor pulls the kids to the fields
Fall 2010 - Luca (5) and daddy bringing in the "picked goods"
Fall 2013: Alexis (11) and Luca (8) were helping wash the peppers picked at the farm. Luca lost interest right after he helped build the fire but Alexis continued like in the last years to help with all that is needed to get the veggies ready for winter.
Fall 2010 -Eggplants on the grills
2010 - Alexis (8) is daddy's helper at the grills
This is how far we grill the eggplants : until the skin is flaking burned and the meat of the eggplants turns creamy color and soft inside.
2010: After the grilled eggplants cool a little, we peel the burned skin off, remove the stems and freeze two eggplants per bag for winter Romanian eggplant salad (spread).
After the eggplants are grilled, the wood charcoal gets replenished and the bell peppers go next on the grills.
2010: Alexis continued to stay interested and helps turning the peppers during grilling.
We also peel the skins off the bell peppers and without removing the seeds we place them in freezer bags (about 5 pieces per bag which is one serving for each member of the family plus one extra for me) and place and then freeze. During winter we add olive oil, vinegar, salt and garlic for a fantastic side dish to our meat meals.
Is this going to be something you would like to do with your kids in the fall?