About six inches of rain, in a seven-day northeast storm that kept us clouded, damp, misted, mizzled, showered, and just plain deluged. Last night a line storm rumbled and flashed over us just after dark, leaving another half to three-quarters of an inch of water.
Here’s a gallery of some of what’s happening at Wishetwurra Farm, these first weeks of fall.
The tomato patch persists, but you can tell that for the tomatoes, “end time” is here.
Blight has killed our non-resistant tomato varieties.
It’s squash and apple time.
This particular squash and this particular apple are on their way to paper “immortality”.
What a year for apples. Road trees, yard trees, orchard trees, tended and untended, all have big crops of apples this year. There are bushels and bushels more apples than we can possibly harvest, process and use.
We’re freezing bags of apples slices for winter pies, making and canning applesauce, and are running lots of apples through the dehydrator. Dried apples keep for months and months. They’re a tasty snack.
The corn has been in for weeks now, and is dry enough to grind for meal. What’s left of last night’s cornbread will be this morning’s breakfast.
The test crop of “Cherokee Black” popcorn got a test popping.
The weather gets steadily cooler. We’re happy to have temperatures in the upper sixties now, and a day in the 70’s is a heat wave. Today might be warmer than 55°. Tonight’s forecast is for the low 40’s. Leaves are coloring.
The leeks are mulched, most of the potatoes are in, and carrots are ready to harvest and store.
Cool weather means that soups and stews are moving onto the menu.
Two days ago we went out and dug the first parsnip of the season.
It was a nice addition to the chicken noodle soup.