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.
Gardening at 5000 feet elevation, zone 4/5 Northern Utah, Frost free from May 25 to September 8 +/-