Harvest Season


Contributing Writer
Paul Leone

Time to get it all in!

Well, most of it. Oftentimes there is more than anyone can handle. Think apples. There’s seldom a tree that doesn’t feed the deer as well as we people. Gather up the fallen for cider. Apple cider is a ritual the same as sweet corn in August. I must say this has been a delicious year for seasonal produce. No true foodie will ever touch a piece of fruit or veggie available locally grown out of season. True foodies have been getting it all in all summer. Tell them, Nancy. Nancy Anderson out on Peck Settlement Road devotes August to peaches. What a year it has been for peaches!

September, then, for tomatoes. Thank you, farmers.

October. The be-all and end-all of harvest season. The embarrassment of plenty. The cornucopia. Observe the many outdoor produce stations in the county, their yards burgeoning with pumpkins. Sizes and colors at your pleasure. Touch them. Feel your food. Have you experienced the delight of picking your own as at Abers Acres?

I am watching the last of my butternut squash elongating on the vine. Did I say the arrival of home grown winter squash is another ritual I relish. Of course, there is nothing like growing your own, but in a pinch I can find my acorns and butternuts at Brigiotta’s at a reduced fall price.

How now beyond October? Let the harvest season roll on! Swiss chard is a gift that keeps on giving. My late summer lettuce, two varieties, are still tender and sweet and will provide well into the first frost. Maybe the remaining tomatoes won’t turn red, but I am quite partial to green tomatoes fried in olive oil and garlic. Kale, anyone? Gather by the bushel. Freeze for soup all winter. Glory be to the earth’s bounty.

Thank you, farmers.