Harvest Time: What's Your Fondest Memory?

| 9/28/2009 8:52:21 AM

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Not that long ago, around this time of year, friends and family would gather in celebration of the harvest. There was a little hard work, but it was followed by lots of fun and fellowship.

I remember shucking ear after ear of corn with my aunts, as they prepared to freeze a particularly large bumper crop one year. All winter, as we enjoyed our "hard work corn" (as my mom would call it), we remembered the fun that went into preserving it. What are your favorite memories of the harvest? Do you still attend harvest parties today?

Photo by iStockphoto/Thomas Perkins

10/1/2009 10:50:25 AM

My fondest memories are of natures harvest rather than garden harvest. We would forage the woods for gunny sacks full of hazelnuts and butternuts. Spread them out on tarps in the garage and when the outer casings dried we would roll them under our shoes to release the nuts inside. Kind of like a harvest dance. I put on my first harvest dinner celebration this late summer when the gardens began gifting us with the seasons produce. Venison roast smothered in root veggies surrounded by everything from the garden, wild fruits and eggs from the chickens. The more, the merrier, to share it with. A new tradition, a refreshing "holiday gathering" untouched by commercialism.

10/1/2009 7:55:41 AM

The moments during harvest are of the greatest value only to those that have watched the growth from the land provide them with a winters food supply. For years my harvest memories are sitting in front of the warm fire in the fall as the first snow falls going over the years supply of 104 quart jars of each of our vegtables. Each filled with food from my our garden. The carrots we left in the garden to dig up as needed. Memories of takeing my extra pumpkins to town about a week before halloween and sitting in front of the small local school and handing them out to the school kids as they head for home. Harvest time is seeing a small kid trying to carry a pumpkin home that is larger than they can put ther arms around. But they make it and there was always enough left over for those that didn't make it the first time. The cooking smells and satisfaction of harvest time are the best of memories. When the snow has fallen deeply, the fire is warm, and supper made from you harvested garden is the in front of you. Homesteading is a good clean healthy life to live. Harvest time is the gathering of family and friends to create another memory.

10/1/2009 5:44:11 AM

I have always lived on a working farm. Some of my favorite memories are: During the summer we would can(in tin cans) boiled peanuts in a large cast iron pot over a open fire. My job was to put the lids on the cans with a hand turned crimper. Some of these peanuts would be mailed to Germany for my Uncle, stationed there. After school each day in the fall we would have to pick two bags ( appx. 2 bushels) of field corn and place into piles in the field. On Saturdays, Daddy would drive by the piles and throw the corn into the back of the truck to take to the barn. During the winter we would shuck, then run the ears through the hand cranked sheller to feed the chicken and pigs. The barn, filled with hay and corn, was a warm, cozy place to play with the city cousins on Sunday afternoons. Now in November, we make sugar cane syrup. We invite family and friends over to visit and to eat. For all the early birds that come to help grind the cane into juice on a 100 year old press, we make biscuits and sausage for breakfast, Lunch is usually dried beans and cornbread and what ever anyone wants to bring. Around 4 o'clock the syrup is cooked and jarred, so out comes leftover cornbread and roasted peanuts that go into the cooking pan to soak up any left over syrup. I love my country life!! and hope I will never have to change.

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