It’s October. Last year I realized of all the months of the year October is the busiest. I’m ready for you October. All the food is coming in, canning season is in full swing and there are lots of birds that are ready for harvesting. I’m working through my share of the crate of pears. Looking for Autumn Olives when I can. Scheduling butchering days with my friend. Trying to get the farm cleaned up and organized for Winter. Yes, there is a lot to tend to this month.
Today the focus was corn! A local farm, Tuckaway in Lee, was offering pick your own corn for $3.00 a dozen! 25 cents an ear for fresh ORGANIC corn. Brilliant! I scooted over there with mom and Jessica and we all picked to our hearts content. I came home with 6 dozen. Most veggies are best right after picking. They contain the most nutrition and flavor they are going to, so last night, mere hours after picking, I shucked with the help of Christopher and the girls, blanched and removed the kernals on all but 6. Those will be for dinner tonight! The rest have been put into food saver bags and are in the freezer! I used a corn zipper to remove the kernals, and what a brilliant little tool that is. It takes off the kernals, then you can turn it around and use it to remove the little hearts and milk left on the cob. If you do that into a separate bowl you have harvested “cream corn”! So I have 9 pints of that frozen, too.
On my way home from the corn fields I found a great Autumn Olive tree, that had a good amount of very tasty fruit! Awesome because this year is a bad year for Autumn Olives. My usual spot had some, but not many at all. It was disappointing. It’s unclear if they dropped fruit due to the very dry summer, if the birds are stocking up for the predicted hard winter, or what is going on, but my reports from friends and acquaintances all over the seacoast is the same. There are not many Autumn Olives to be had this year. So finding that tree was a great treat.
The tree was clearly on someone’s property, so I drove to the house to ask if I could pick. I believe Stacy was quite sure she was encountering crazy, but at least not the dangerous kind. She gave permission immediately to this cheerful beggar on her doorstep sporting a long linen dress, hand knit sweater, bog boots, and a vintage hat. She did ask what an Autumn Olive was, at which point at a rate of speech brought on by the coffee I just drank which was not decaf…did I forget to ask for decaf? At any rate, I rapidly and enthusiastically started to explain what they were, the health benefits, what I did with them. She wanted to join me to see what I was talking about. And how I know she didn’t think I was dangerous, she hung out with me while I picked for about 15-20 minutes. But the amused facial expression makes me think she did tell her husband about me when he got home. She said I can pick from any of her bushes, which I will go back to see if any more have berries, since I picked from that one until dark.
We did have a great conversation, really. She and her husband garden, so we talked about that, and where to find local food, and all sorts of fun things. Stacy will be receiving goodies, sometime in November. October and I still have many rounds to go, but all in all it was a first good day of the month.
Oh, and how do I get all this done? My husband is awesome, supportive, helpful, and encouraging. This is what I found on my Facebook page today…