Reading about Life Domestic’s Little House on the Prairie-style adventures in canning peaches and the Lean Green Family’s overabundance of tomatoes filled me with a tinge of green regret. After finishing Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I should have been all revved up to harvest local fruits and vegetables and preserve them all for the wintry months ahead. . . . Yet somehow it didn’t happen.
What did I miss out on this summer?
1. I didn’t plant a garden. We moved into our new house in late June, and after all the unpacking it was too late to get anything in the ground. Next year!
2. I didn’t go to U-Pick farms. There was really no reason we couldn’t have gone to a berry patch to pick some local blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. This is something I did pre-baby that I need to do now, especially since Audrey’s finally old enough to enjoy it.
3. I didn’t process my own fruit and tomatoes. If I’d had the foresight to do numbers one and two on this list, I would have canned, cooked, and frozen much of my summer harvest. (Not that I have ever canned before. But I am sure I would have done it . . . right?)
The good news is, I can still do some of these eco-friendly activities as the weather grows cooler. I could plant a winter garden, which I’ve done before without much success. (Okay, to be honest, I do not want to try this again. I just have to accept the fact that I am not a gifted gardener.) However, I can still take advantage of the fall harvest. Yesterday both Proverbs 31 Living and Bring on the Lloyds dazzled me with their tales of finding free apples from Freecycle and turning them into applesauce, apple peel jelly, and potpourri.
At the very least, I vow to visit an organic farm for apple picking and jack-o-lantern hunting this year. My daughter can frolic through the apple orchards and tumble through a pumpkin patch– and she’ll be able to chow down on applesauce and pumpkin bread all winter long.
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