Where the heck did summer go?
How is it possibly already September?!
And why is the season shifting so swiftly?!
And yet it is.
The shift from summer to fall is upon us…
With the first leaves turning, the later sunrises, the stormy afternoons, the fruit in pure abundance, and the necessity for a hoodie during morning chores, the season is most definitely shifting.
And so we’ve been slammed with the putting up of peaches and plums, grapes and apples…
We’ve been canning and freezing and fermenting and dehydrating and stashing things in our fridge until we can get to them…
There’s been garlic powder and plum sauce, peach butter and boozy peaches and peaches in light syrup and frozen peaches, raisins and dehydrated apple chunks, apple pies and peach tarts, fresh tomatoes everywhere and roasted tomatoes in the freezer, more apples than I dare to count just on the orchard floor alone, and the freezing of too many pounds to count of grapes for future jelly and wine making!
And, of course, there’s the not-to-be-forgotten egg abundance from both the chickens and the ducks which has us trading chicken eggs for produce we don’t have ripening on the property (cukes and chile this week) and wondering what the heck to make with so many duck eggs!?!
And, we must not forget the rendering of duck fat
which isn’t garden related but is harvest related.
Such glorious abundance blankets our days and nights this time of year, no matter how difficult the season has been, and for that, I am totally and completely grateful
…and totally and completely exhausted!