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These are to be shipped to California.

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I'm the only pea picker in this county shipping peas to California. Heck, I'm probably the only one east of the Mississippi doing it. Well, maybe it isn't quite as big of a deal as it sounds. Eighteen pints is all we’ll be shipping this year. I have a son who lives in L.A. We send him some peas each year just to give him a little taste of home. He loves Zipper peas.

We freeze most of the vegetables for our use. So far, we have frozen 25 quarts of Zipper peas (got 2 sons-in-law that like them also), 7 quarts of black-eye peas, and 6 quarts of butter beans. Okra, squash, snap beans, corn, and cucumbers, I don’t think we kept track of the amounts. My wife has canned 13 quarts of tomatoes, which is a little disappointing due to a blight that killed most of our tomato plants.

In addition we’ve shared some of most everything with the family and neighbors. Probably have already cut and gave away over 150 lbs of okra. Okra usually makes until frost kills it, so the “give away” total could triple before year’s end.

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I like the neat little labels you made up for the jars. Beats the heck out of freezer tape with a date scribbled on it. ;)

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Yeah, the label adds a really nice look. But what impresses me is the work involved in processing those buggers. Do you have a mechanical sheller or do you do it all by hand?

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We shell'em by hand. Don't like the machine shelled ones. Actually, Zipper peas aren't had to shell you just unzip them. :) It is the repetition that gets you. My wife says we've shelled 34 quarts this year. Yes, 34 quart (8.5 gals) and I did most of the shelling. At least, I was in the house and could enjoy air conditioning and Fox News while I was at work.

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