|Luminous Jacqueline Orange|
|Corn row on the edge of the mum patch|
|Josh's sandwich, payoff for a plant trip|
Watering done, Lee and I cope with the abundant produce September has granted us. We have three buckets of unstemmed grapes in one refrigerator and a patio table of ripe tomatoes. The tomatoes threaten to become mush first, so I gather them, half a table at a time, into a 5 gallon bucket. The kitchen is still cool and there's a nice breeze through the east window. This is righteous, grasshopper vs. ant type work. We are making "chili" tomatoes today and I have no difficulty summoning the vision of a fragrant bubbling pot of chili in this self same pot on this same burner during the cold dark months to come. The tomatoes are firm, clean, and easy to peel.
|Levi in the tub!|
|Laden Ozark Gold branches|
Tis the season when snacks hang low on the tree. I pick a Blushing Golden to see if its as ripe as it looks. These apples are good keepers, better than the late summer Ozark Golds. This Blushing Golden is juicy and creamy clear to the core: just as ripe as the Ozarks. But the Ozark Golds are falling from the tree and I don't want any of the laden branches to break in the next strong breeze. Gotta make time to pick the apples...so we can line the shelves with applesauce...and know that Levi will enjoy it in Louisville just like his cousins in Missouri will. And then there's the vision of loaves of apple bread to be stacked in the freezer, building blocks of holiday happiness. Yep..don't want to waste any apples.
The first batch of chili tomatoes are out of the canner. The second five gallon bucket of tomatoes fills another seven jars and leaves three to four quarts worth in the stew pot. I set the timer on the second canner while Matt, Lee and Blake deliver mums to the HyVee in town. Lee needs bread and dog food; she's happy to hear about the extra chili sauce...with leftover grilled hot dogs, we are set for chili dogs tomorrow!
Their enthusiasm when the truck is full and the days' job done is nothing if not contagious.
|Grandpa's mum crew|