We knew it would happen. Our long, lovely fall just may be coming to an end. We've had rain all day today and the forecast is for 1-3" of snow overnight and into Friday. At first we were being told to expect 5-8" but that's now been downgraded significantly. Currently at 5 p.m. the temperature is holding at 41 degrees so we'll have to wait to see if it gets cold enough to allow snowflakes to fall and stay on the ground.
Continuing the completion of fall chores was thrown into high gear yesterday.
I planted the first of two beds of garlic on the 21st and finally got the second one in just yesterday, the 25th. I'm not sure what happened this year as I try to have it all planted by Columbus Day, the 12th. Did not make it this year.
With the threat of wet weather, we dug our potatoes on the 21st. Not a good crop this year. I'm not sure we got much more than a hundred pounds. In our best years the taters have weighed in at over two hundred and fifty pounds all told. As we said over and over as we were gathering up the scant quantity of spuds, "Well, we like rice."
In the flurry of oncoming bad weather, yesterday we harvested all our apples. Again, a sparse year compared to usual.
I finally, at long last, harvested the beets. Got a very nice quantity of them and this coming week I'll be prepping most of them for the freezer with some stored "fresh" in the root cellar.
Chicken Mama and Gilligan got busy right after our duck and geese harvesting day, ground up a little over four pounds of duck meat, divided it in half and each made a batch of duck jerky using their own mixture of seasonings. Both turned out very good, although Gilligan thought he might have put too much ground black pepper in his. He thought of labeling it "Pepper Duck," but I suggested "Ducky Pepper." (Get it? Ducky Pepper . . . Dr. Pepper? Huhn. Well, I thought it was clever.)
'Tis time for me to think about baking our first batch of holiday fruitcake. Maybe tomorrow when we're experiencing our first snow cover of the season (I'll believe it when I see it) will be the perfect time to do that.