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Savor: Harvesting The Bounty At The Veggie Patch

A little pepper relish Will Smith whipped up.
William Smith
A little pepper relish Will Smith whipped up.

This is a season of bounty at area farms and gardens. All kinds of great food is being harvested and prepared for meals.

This month's Savor, our food segment, visits with a local farmer working on a small scale. In space, that is. But Matt Suhr at Happy Dirt Veggie Patch in the Phoenix/Medford area does a lot with his 3+ acres, growing 80 varieties of tomatoes, along with peppers and other edibles.

Regular partner Will Smith, a food stylist, returns to offer up a pepper relish recipe and explore life on the farm.

Pepper Relish

1 pound Fresno or medium hot red jalapeño pepper diced small

2 small orange or red bell peppers diced small

½ white onion diced small

1 ¼ Cups sugar

¾ Cup cider vinegar

1 ½ tsp. pickling salt or kosher salt is fine

  • Place all vegetables in a 3 quart pot.
  • Add sugar, vinegar and salt.
  • Stir well and and simmer over medium heat until thickened, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Pour into jars or bowl, let cool to room temp.

You can enjoy immediately or keep in fridge about 2 weeks or freeze for several months.

Relish is great on crackers, over roast turkey or pork, or you can use on sandwiches.

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