Like with most everything in this years garden the tomatoes are out producing the last crop from the garden. I am hard at it, most days, either picking, stemming and washing the tomatoes or processing them. The first batch of tomatoes yielded 16 pints of sauce. The second batch gave me 7 quarts and 5 pints. I think we have enough tomato sauce now to last a while.
I picked more tomatoes yesterday and will have to go out and pick some more today. Also on the agenda for today is making some salsa. I scrounged around in the pantry and was able to come up with 5 pint jars, just enough to make a small batch. I have been looking for more canning jars, especially pints, but I am finding either nothing but empty shelves or that something else has filled the space. I am not done with gathering produce and canning yet. Where are the jars?
Apple season is yet to come and it seems like no one is stocking canning jars any more. This may prove to be a big problem. I have been to two different Wal Marts and various other stores in this area and none of them have any jars. If I knew this was going to happen I would have stocked up when the jars were plentiful. I guess I will know better next year. But for now I still need more jars. The search will continue.