What a fun day we had yesterday!
I had a bubbly, giddy feeling rise up inside of me. I felt like a joyous ball of sun was in my belly and deep laughter started coming out. I wanted to jump up and down like a little kid. I surprised myself. I wasn’t even quite sure why I was so excited, but I was. Bracken was very amused by me. He was in the pack, against my belly, and looked up at my face with curiosity and a giant smile. He knew just how I felt, I’m sure of it.
We were harvesting in the garden and it felt like the most wonderful thing in the whole entire world. Suddenly everything seemingly ordinary felt so very special. The morning light was just starting to rise over the trees. The mountains were waking up. The day was fresh. Life felt so rich and full. I was outside. I was alive. And I thought ‘life is truly such a gift!’
It was the kind of good mood that comes over you in summer. When suddenly you are bursting with so much energy and inspiration that you feel like you could just run everywhere.
I harvested our first celery! It felt ceremonial. I held it in my hand like a prize and showed it off to Jeff, even though he’d been watering it and seeing it every day. He shared my enthusiasm anyway. The slugs had taken a liking to the leaves, but it was so deeply green and looked like the most beautiful celery I had ever seen, holes in the leaves and all. It was beautiful because we had grown it ourselves and that felt satisfying.
Jeff harvested globe basil, that we planted for the first time this year. We love it.
Jeff harvested lettuce, arugula, basil, and parsley. We washed it all and got it ready for salads in the fridge. We’ve been eating lots of fresh herbs in our salads, how divine! We feel so good when we eat raw foods.
Jeff also harvested our first two cucumbers. They were so cute. (Gardeners can understand my adoration for homegrown garden produce and will not think it’s weird at all that I call our first tiny cucumbers “cute.”) He harvested zucchini. We were starting off our day in a happy, bountiful way!
Our day got even better from there….
I had a feeling to call our neighbor with an organic farm nearby. I knew he took weekly trips to town on Mondays to drop off produce at the co-op. Our house is right on his way to town so I asked if he could swing by so we could buy some produce. (We weren’t at farmer’s market last weekend and I was missing it.) He brought us blueberries, shittake mushrooms (above), yellow summer squash (that we didn’t grow this year), beets…………
…green beans (ours weren’t ready yet), walla walla onions, elephant garlic……………..
……..marjoram herb (so yummy)…
….and lots of apples!
All for a really great deal!
We hadn’t planned on a canning project, but before you knew it we were making applesauce. That’s how those canning projects happen sometime, when you least expect it. He gave us some windfalls too, which I expected to be wormy, but they were gorgeous inside.
We ended up getting 8 quarts of applesauce canned! (Reiki the cat decided she wanted some, as you can see in the picture.)
I put all the blueberries in the freezer, which inspired me to organize the entire freezer.
The feeling of writing on the top of the jars, making it “official” is exciting. (Writing the year is not really necessary since we will most likely eat it all up before the next canning time.) Putting the jars of applesauce on the wood pantry shelves inspired me to start cleaning out the pantry and before long I had a truck full of boxes for our farming neighbor, wine bottles organized for our next wine making project, egg cartons waiting for us to get chickens again…. the pantry started looking good! I smiled at the gallon jar filled with dried nettles I harvested in the spring. The jars of dried herbs from the garden. And now the jars of applesauce.
This time of year gives me an inner drive to start filling those shelves up!
He also brought us a few figs from his greenhouse.
They were like gems!
Thank you, thank you for good food!!
What food have you been putting by for the winter?
(I’m so excited about it, I’ve got a tally going on the side of my blog.)