Sorry about the long stretches between posts. I have been busy doing this:
I was thinking that I'm almost through with the canning for the year, then I started listing what I have left; eggplants, pumpkins, potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears,one more bushel of tomatoes, some peppers, more blackberries and let's not forget sauerkraut. Well! Let's just say I'm two-thirds through the canning season. Going to need some more shelves!
I do not live on a farm, just a regular sized city lot. Just goes to show you what you can do with a little bit of gumption. The other day I was talking to a relative who was unemployed. She was making herself sick with worry about how to make ends meet. The whole time I was wondering why she didn't put in a garden as she lives on several acres out in the country (even volunteered to help her get it started). I read a statistic that one in seven Americans receive food stamps. That means that some of the people I know are using them, but when I tell friends and neighbors to just come and pick whatever they want or need, they rarely take me up on the offer. Now, the very same people will gladly accept produce if I pick and clean it and present it to them in a nice plastic bag, but it is too much work for them to do those couple steps themselves. They'd much rather go to the grocers and buy it that way. I stopped offering. If a person cannot bend their back and use a bit of effort to help themselves, then I surmise that they are not truly needy.
Well, enough of that rant! Just had to get it out. We've had cool weather the last couple of days. One day it was in the nineties and the next the high temperature was fifty-one! It was as though nature said, "Labor Day has come, summer is over, let's get on to autumn!". It would be nice to have an extended fall season. Usually it gets smooshed between a too long summer and a too soon winter.
It smells wonderful outside. The Concord grapes are ripening, Looks like a bumper crop this year! This is the first year we are getting more than one apple on the trees we planted five years ago. We planted my favorite "pie" apples; Rhode Island Greening, Wolf River, and Smokehouse. Old antique varieties. Also, just for eating, the delectable Snow or Fameuse apple. The neighbor also allows us to pick the pears and apples in her orchard. Lori is such a nice neighbor! While I was writing this, it reminded me that grape juice is also on my list of things to can. The work never ends. But it is a joy. Next time I post something, I'll have a more informative article. Just dropped in to say hello, and say I'm still here on Earth. Just buried under garden produce!