Wow, August is flying by.
We always get to this point in the summer where it starts to feel like we're on a runaway rollercoaster! Summertime just flies by, and it has to be because of how busy we are during this time. There is just so much to do! With preserving and harvesting beans and berries, and soon tomatoes, cucumbers, and apples, every moment has the potential to be filled with work. The shortening days and earlier nights are a reminder that this work is necessary; the seasons are beginning to change.
I've canned quite a few quarts of green beans, but I know it's not nearly enough to last through the winter. There will be more canning to come. The tomatoes are just starting to ripen and the cucumbers have begun to take off too, so it's getting to that peak preservation time of the season. I wish it could be at a different time though....this is the time that I go back to work, meaning life gets even more chaotic. Nevertheless, I will continue to push forward and find joy because I feel that this type of work is meaningful and important.
We have been picking blackberries now nearly everyday, and we have a nice stock of them in the freezer. My friend passed on a juicer, and I haven't decided yet if we're going to use it for blackberry jelly or not. Even though I feel like blackberries lose a bit of their flavor after being frozen, we did end up freezing about 4 quarts worth of berries. I figured I could easily make them into jelly later, or I could always bake with them too. It helped me with my indecisiveness on what to use the berries for, anyway! ? Now I have options!
My grandpa also let me know that oyster mushrooms are out, so we have been out looking for those to try. We were lucky and did find some up high in a tree. D went back home and got his ladder, climbed up, and brought them home. We took them over to the farm to have my grandparents take a look, and they confirmed that they were indeed the oyster mushrooms we had been hunting for. However, after further inspection, we found that we had gotten to the mushrooms too late- they were completely infested with worms. It was a bit too unappetizing, so we didn't get to try them. The hunt continues!
As I think back on things to tell you about, I can't help but just say that this is such a wonderful time of the year. The weather is pleasant, the birds are still singing, the trees still leafed out in green. The days are long enough to give us plenty of time outside. The garden is booming with food, giving us the opportunity to pick something fresh everyday to eat for dinner. It's just really a magical and special time of the year, and I'm happy to be able to be living it. I am grateful for this life.
So, if you'd like, let me show you some of the things that keep us busy on our little homestead in our vlog. Come with us as we go on our adventures, work in the garden, and milk the cow. I hope you'll enjoy catching up with us!
Until next time,
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