Harvest Begins in September

Harvest On The Back Porch Swing

Harvest On The Back Porch Swing

We dug our potato patch and were happy to harvest about two bushels. We have yet to do the potatoes-in-a-barrel. My husband and I wonder if the yield will be comparable. I now have picked 8 pumpkins…they were ripe so they had to be cured and brought into the cool lower level. I am hoping they will last until October but it was fun to grow them.

Now the apples are beginning to fall. I canned 8 quarts of apple pie filling yesterday, which took nearly all day. Our apples are “organic” which means we do not spray them. It requires a lot of work to peel, core and slice our apples to have enough for several quarts, even with the handy peel/core/slice machine. Now that it is done I have enough pie filling to make it easy to bake crisps, pies and breads.

Are you loving the fresh garden tomatoes? Salsa, picco, BLT’s, salads, or just sliced with sea salt…heaven. The green beans are as good as gone. I have frozen an ample amount for winter dinners and made a big batch of three-bean salad with the last pick. I think I am ready to say goodbye for the summer.

I hope you are enjoying a harvest of garden blessings.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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