Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Harvest Day

...that's what Jonah said while we were picking apples. "Mom, it's a happy harvest day!"

Here's what I have to work on today-- apples and corn. Yesterday I did pickles and beans. Both days, I've baked sourdough bread (nothing like heating up the house with a 450 degree oven first thing on a hot summer morning!). Today the bread is for us, yesterday I baked the bread going to a market with some Amish neighbors today.

I'm so very excited to have apples from our own trees this year! Yeah, so they're a little spotty and wormy, but as my Dad would say, "It's protein." I find that I can cut the wormy parts out and most of the apple is good. Of course, I can't store them, I just have to use them up. Nathan pruned the trees pretty heavily and I'm amazed at how much better they are already. They need more heavy pruning (he's spacing the major pruning out over the course of 2-3 years) and we're going to start spraying with Basic H to hopefully help with the worms and disease.

And the corn is puny and pathetic due to drought, but it's something. We'll take what we get and be thankful, I guess.

Ahhh, summer. Why can't it be August all year?


  1. it's the time for work and we will be enjoying our put up garden produce for a long time to come. i love to make apple butter. I just cook it down until it's thick and brown and add some apple cider vinegar to it. It's yummy.

    I got my oil today, I ordered flavorless-whoops gag--but at that price I WILL swallow every drop!!
    Here's to healthy bones!!

  2. Oh dear... I've never tried the flavorless kind. I recommend the cinnamon. You could add a few drops of candy-flavoring oil if you wanted. It might make it go down easier! :-)

    I'll have to try apple butter. I usually make lots of apple sauce, but this time I chopped them up and put them in the dehydrator.

  3. KT, do you know how lucky you are to wake up to garden work, animal chores, a little boy, and a house in the country? I know the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but that sure beats the heck out ruining one's eyes in front of screen, constantly hanging on the phone and dealing with a myriad of people I couldn't care less about. When I grow up, I wanna be like you. :)

  4. Aww.... :-) I am very blessed, I know.

    I admit to not envying you at all, Wia. I would wither up and die in an office. However, we all have to be content with what God has given us in the place He has put us. If the Almighty Creator saw fit to bring us into this world and provide salvation from our sins, we can know that He also knows best where we should be in life. I have to tell myself this everyday.