September's Song

| 9/16/2014 8:23:00 AM

Country MoonI think, of all the months, September is my favorite because it gives us the best of both worlds. Days are usually sun-kissed and warm while nights have that crispness in the air. We can still enjoy tomatoes and corn on the cob right alongside early squash and fall apples.

The garden has been good this year, for all the weeding and watering throughout spring and summer we have reaped a good harvest. I love to see the various shades of green and the perfectly manicured rows in summer, but an empty garden in fall means full freezers and pantries. It also means a little more free time. I love to can and I love to freeze, but invariably, no matter when we plant and how long the maturity date is on the various vegetables, they always ripen at once. Yes, by the time I have spent a few weeks preserving pickled beets, tomatoes, corn and cucumbers, I am dutifully ready for a break.

Farmers’ fields also begin to take on that golden glow as soybeans and corn begin to dry down. It is especially colorful in our area with all the specialty crops. The red dots of tomatoes brighten many fields while acres of red and green cabbage add ribbons of purple and green to fields. Many farmers in the area contract their fields to companies who raise seed corn. The companies decide when it is time to harvest and pull in their machinery to do the job. It is quite a sight to see semis lined up and down the road waiting to take the corn to the plant.



Green beans are also prevalent in the area. In a good year, farmers get multiple bean crops. They will bring several harvesters in a field at once. The harvesters sound like they are chomping the beans as they go down the ro

9/17/2014 8:29:46 AM

Lois, my favorite season is Spring but Fall is a very close second. Each season has it perks and I enjoy them all. Just as one season is winding down the next is gearing up so current season things are enjoyed with the anticipation of the next season's things to enjoy. ***** The things I like about Fall is, of course, the cooler weather. It's soup weather. I like soup year round but it just tastes better in the fall, don't you think? Thinking about next year's garden and the anticipation of the first seed catalog comes during the Fall season. I'm not a big sports fan but will enjoy a good football party if invited. Bonfires are the best in the Fall. There's nothing more fall than toasting marshmallows over a bonfire with friends and family. Yes, I do like Fall weather. ***** Have a great September's song.

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