What do you do with the vegetables you grow?
I answered this question regarding cukes, but you asked about vegetables. I could go on a bit I guess...................... If you can stand my rambling.
I had a large family. The garden fed us pretty much. Now there is just the wife and I, but I still grow a garden. Not quite as much as when the kids were home, but a good sized garden. The kids still drop by and carry some off.
Eat lots fresh from the garden! Yes, this is the best part.
Berries and fruits: Some are bottled and some are frozen. We sometimes dry fruit too. I still have a bunch of apples in the extra fridg in the garage. They will keep quite a while at 40 degs.
Corn: We have bottled some using a pressure cooker, but prefer frozen cut off the cob corn. I dried some one year, but didn't like it.
Green beans: Bottled using a pressure cooker.
Onions: Dried whole and stored in mesh bags. They will last all winter. We have dried some slices at times. Put the dehydrator outside.
Winter squash: Just storing them in the garage. Some will keep until spring.
Potatoes: Kept a few in the garage for usage in November and December. Those won't keep much longer than that in the garage. I put some in a pit for usage when I get up enough ambition to go dig some up. I need some now, but the weather is awful for that chore. They will keep until spring there in the pit
Carrots: We have bottled sliced carrots. Mostly just eat them fresh. They will keep in the fridg for a long time. They keep all winter in my pit. When I dig up some taters I will get some carrots too.
Turnips: I put some in the pit. We eat them in season, fresh raw or cooked.
Beets: Pickled or bottled with the pressure canner. I store some in the pit.
Cabbage: It will store a long time in the fridg. It will also keep over winter in the pit. I wrap it in newspaper. We have made and bottled sauerkraut.
Greens of all kinds: Just eat them fresh.
Asparagus: It could be bottled, but we have never done that. Just eat it fresh.
Tomatoes: Tomato juice bottled. Salsa bottled.
I guess that sums up the major crops. I don't think a day goes by that we don't eat something from the garden. Besides the veggie part we have apples, plums, apricots, strawberries, currants, raspberries, and grapes.
It certainly must make a big dent in the grocery bill?
As with the cukes, use it, give it away, sell it at market or it goes to the food pantry.