Harvest

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The sun came out and bounced off the crystal droplets that held fast to the plants in a great display of shimmer.  The water evaporated and the plants took a great breath of the fresh autumn air.  We headed out in sweaters with baskets to see what Mother Nature had left us.  Like Easter morning, our eyes full of wonder, searching for treasures within the rows.

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Doug deftly found the beans that we are drying for winter stews and chilies.  He filled quite a bag full.  I found rich purple and red tomatoes, bright spicy chilies, and sweet, small peppers.  Ear, after ear, after ear of corn.  The other side of the gardens yielded two gallons of Swiss chard, kale, and collard greens.  A gallon of fresh lettuce.  A bag of soybeans to eat in front of a football game boiled just right with a little sea salt and chipotle.  The last onion.  A handful of cherry tomatoes.  Spicy radishes making their second debut this year brought a spring to my step with each peppery bite.  Piles of earthy potatoes just waiting to join onions and garlic in the cast iron skillet.  And pumpkins.  I do love pumpkins.

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Through worry and work, through screwy weather and days of bliss watching the plants grow, this is truly the reward.  Seeing the rich palette of colors that start to glow and brighten the world in a majestic show.

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Happy Harvesting!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow look at all those veggies – great to see. That reward is so satisfying too 🙂

  2. ilabooshka says:

    LOVE this! This year is our first on our farm and I am finding sheer joy in my discoveries out in our garden. Makes all that hard work soooooo worth it! 🙂

  3. Bill says:

    And what a great reward it is!

  4. debweeks says:

    Our garden season is coming to an end and with some changes brewing in our world, a fall garden will not be going in this year.

    For now, I’ll live vicariously thru your planting and harvesting adventures and it all looks yummy!

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