This morning when I went down to the chicken coop to let the girls out, I noticed one lone daylily blooming – the last of the season. I can’t believe we’re knee deep in August. I’m drowning in tomatoes, squash and beans and have been trying to get as many of the tomatoes canned as I can before they go bad. The autumn colors are beginning to show in the holler – Joe Pye weed, goldenrod and fall asters – and there is definitely a touch of fall some mornings. Last week at the East Nashville Farmers Market I even had an apple from Rainbow Hill Farm!
I love fall, but I so hate to see the days getting shorter and the mornings a little cooler – my yard is still full of hummingbirds, but I know in a few weeks, they’ll start their journey south and I won’t see them again until next spring.
Time goes so fast, so it’s easy to put off getting some of our summer harvest. Don’t forget to visit your local farmers market or farm in the next few months. Harvest is abundant this year and it’s a great time to preserve fruits and produce for the coming winter months. If you haven’t gotten a copy yet of the summer Local Table, it’s got a list of all the area farms with pick your owns and summer produce – if you don’t have access to the magazine, you can go online to www.localtable.net, click on farm guide and just type in what you’re looking for and you’ll get a list of farms with the item.
Enjoy our beautiful summer days!