It was a gorgeous and incredibly productive weekend here on our homestead.
Deus Ex Machina and I (finally) foraged wild apples - something we've been talking about doing for weeks, and it was starting to look like we were all talk and no action. Saturday, while we were doing errands anyway, we made a special trip to a local nature preserve that was once part of a farm. Former Maine farmland always means there are apple trees, and this place is no exception.
And there's a lot of former farmland in Maine. When we're driving from here to there, on our regular rounds, we started noticing, along the side of the roads, apple trees - EVERYWHERE! Our favorite, though, has to be the ones behind the Goodwill drop-off, and those were, in fact, the first ones we ever foraged from, and the ones that gave us the idea to forage wild apples for our cider this year.
At the end of the day, we had foraged (in about two hours' time) thirty-three pounds of apples. It was a good day.
The best part is the reminder of what an amazingly bountiful place we live in.
Unfortunately, we didn't get around to turning the apples into cider, but we were able to accomplish a few other preserving sorts of things.
And we started cleaning up some of the garden beds and getting them ready for winter.
I harvested the last of my bucket potatoes. We harvested the scarlet runner beans and the field corn.
We're planning to use the old chicken coop as a greenhouse this winter for growing some winter greens. Our first attempt will be growing just a few things in the EarthBoxes. It'll be fun to have fresh greens during the winter, and if it works well, then, we'll have fresh salad greens earlier in the spring.
Now just to set aside time to get it all done ....