Following the cycle of life. Re-posted from 10/2011.
No matter where you live there are signs of the harvest, festivals, county fairs and blue ribbon pies. Roadside stands with red juicy apples and fresh tangy cider. Now to gather in the pears and plums, the grapes the crops of forest and field. Forage for herbs and flowers to save and dry, too soon the frost and then it dies.
Jams and jellies, preserves to make, zucchini and pumpkin for bread to bake. Tomatoes to can and pickles to soak, big hearty meals for all the kin folk. Sharing the bounty with family and friend as it will be months for there is fresh food again.
In the root cellar under the house glass mason jars lined on the shelf. String, yellow, wax, stewed, green relish, red relish, fruit desert. Dried beans and peas are stored inside a tin, potatoes and carrots in a sawdust bin. Paper wrapped apples placed in a crate will stay crisp through the winter. Onion and garlic braided in ropes, some herbs some roots and fragrant things and in one special box are the seeds for next spring.
It’s a great time of year to create memories. Invite a few friends over to make up some preserves or jams. Take the children to visit a farm or wander the fields to watch other species harvest their own.