‘Tis that time of year when the leaves are falling, the air is a little crisp and fall harvest is going on. We just got done getting the corn chopped for the year. It’s our biggest project of the year and there’s always a sigh of relief when it’s finished. Our guys spent an entire week chopping nearly 4,000 tons of corn. We put it in our bunker silo and use it through the winter to mix in our feed blend for our cows. There are a lot of long days, tired guys and a lot of quick meals.
As a farm wife, I have my own harvest going on — that of the garden. I have been canning tomatoes, tomato soup, spaghetti sauce and pears, and freezing peppers and jalapenos. In two weeks, I canned nearly 60 jars. Just like the guys on the farm preparing for winter by storing corn silage and hay for the cows, I do the same for our family. Throughout the year, I prepare for winter storage by freezing and/or canning asparagus, corn, blueberries, raspberry jam, carrots and peas. Of course with anything that is really worth it, it’s a lot of work. But like the cows, we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor all winter long!