Autumn dropped by early this year. It’s not the usual Autumn. It just got cold one afternoon dropping from the 70s to the 40s in just a few hours. It stayed that way for a few days. Today it’s warmer but with the crazy, unpredictable weather, there’s no avoiding the harvest. If we wait, there’s a chance we’ll get a hard frost and that will finish it. You can delay many things, but not a harvest. We’ve seen frost lying on the ground. While we may get some warm days, the nights are cold. We had a harvest to bring in.
I never wanted to be a farmer. It always looked like massive amounts of work for painfully little reward. I can understand those who love doing it, but my back is nicely broken already.
But Owen and I were out there with the scissors and buckets, trimming and separating. Some stuff will be dried, more will be jarred. I found a wholesale jar and bottle company (Fillmore) with good prices and even with high prices for shipping (if you aren’t buying in quantity, shipping is expensive), it’s still cheaper than Amazon. I also discovered this is a bad time of year to be ordering 32-ounce jars and lids because everyone else is ordering them too and a lot of them were out of stock.
Now, I have to go back out and continue the harvesting. It’s not a fabulous harvest. It’s early. Everything needed a couple more weeks of growing to reach full size, but I don’t trust the weather. I promised to make banana bread tonight, but I think I’m too tired. It will have to wait until tomorrow. I have the bananas and in one more day, they will be riper and better for bread.
I think of all the movies I’ve seen of aging farm women, past my age who are still out in their fields cutting and trimming and storing food for the winter. This has been a bad year for growing. We haven’t had even a light rain and are 10 inches too low in water, making us an urgent drought area. As we worked, we kept hearing the crackling and banging of huge falling acorns.
So now, I have to go and finish today’s harvest. Sunset doesn’t come late anymore. No more 7pm sunsets. We are at the Autumnal Equinox, so if you want to get anything done, you need to get up early.