It’s nearly harvest time in south Louisiana, espcially for the sugar cane crop. As noted in a previous column, the purchase of the deep freezer by my dad in the 1960s meant we had a storage locker for the fruits and vegetables from our property in Ellwood City, Pa. Fruit trees included apple, pear, peach, plum and a grape arbor producing enough fruit for jams, jellies and apple pie throughout the year. Our garden provided an abundance of tomatoes, beans, potatoes, carrots, lettuce and rhubarb. In September, tomatoes were pureed into juice; a recipe my brother Kevin still uses in his famous spaghetti sauce. I remember the sweet corn harvest and the assembly-line process of ears being blanched, cut from the cob, packed and loaded into the deep freeze.
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