Since it was about an hours drive from Valdosta to the berry place, we met first and had lunch after my checkup at the VA clinic that morning. We dropped Julie back at her truck with the 2 bushels of corn and her 3 gal of berries, said thanks with hugs all around and went home to can.
As we were preparing the jars and water for the water bath to scald the tomatoes, we froze 1 pan of blackberries and ate on the rest of the berries that day. After scalding, peeling, cutting and cooking the tomatoes, from the 2 boxes of tomatoes we were able to put up 30 quarts. So adding the 10 quarts we already had put up, we have 40 quarts of tomatoes for next winters fixing like soups, stews, spaghetti and chili. These tomatoes are better that the last batch we put up, so these will sure brighten the long cold days of next winter.
Oh yea, the blackberry wine seems to be doing very well, should be some awesome wine.
Buy local produce and learn how to can and freeze, makes a great bonding experience and will fill the freezer with good things to eat.