The heat and drought are hard on fruits and vegetables, so production at home and at farmers markets is down. But, you might still be able to find some great tasting fruits and/or vegetables to can, freeze, pickle, dry or make into jam. Using current tested recipes and procedures is very important, both to make sure your food is safe and to get the best tasting results.
Sometimes I freeze tomatoes to use in chili and soup and berries (when I can get them for a bargain). My sisters and I make jam and salsa from our garden and give them away to our friends and relatives. We have fun working together and the food gifts seem a little more special when you make them instead of buy them.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has new on-line classes, regional workshops, and a new series of free publications with the latest recommendations on food preservation called Preserve the Taste of Summer. Plus ISU Extension Answerline, toll-free in Iowa 800-262-3804, is still available and answered by friendly, patient Home Economists.