My own garden is doing pretty well, considering I can only visit it once every two weeks. The only thing I've been able to harvest so far are peas, but soon I should have carrots, tomatoes (crossing my fingers), cucumbers, pumpkins, zucchinis, and basil (crossing my fingers and my toes). Surprisingly, the only real animal problems I've had were the racoons that dug up the cardboard I used as a base, since there was compost underneath. It took out a few basil plants, but there are still three plants hanging in there. I wish I could visit it more, but that's why I needed a small, managable garden that would need minimal weeding.
I like freezing food and having it for later, but a lot of times the quality is diminished and instead tastes like ubiquitous freezer burn. I found out my friend has a vacuum packer, so we picked 6 liters of blueberries at the farm across the street (doesn't get any more local than that!). We kept 2 liters fresh, but sealed the rest. It was super easy to vacuum pack them, you really just put the blueberries into a bag and stick it into the machine. The machine sucks all the air out, and apparently almost doubles the life of the food. Then you stick it in the freezer.
I'll let you know if they still taste good in 6 months.