Autumn and the Amish
I love autumn. The crunch of dry leaves. Crisp mornings. The smell of wood smoke. And the harvest.
Years ago, I used to can fruits and vegetables and make applesauce in September and October, but as my kids got busier and busier with school and activities, I couldn’t keep up with the canning and soon gave it up altogether.
The great thing about being a writer is that I can relive those days through storytelling, without actually doing the work. I did that in my most recent release, Becoming Bea, set in the months of October and November.
Autumn is a busy season for the Amish. Farm work includes: filling the silos, harvesting the corn, shredding stalks to be used as feed, and plowing the fields. Garden work includes: digging potatoes, completing the harvest, canning vegetables and fruits, making applesauce, apple butter, jams, and jellies, and cleaning out the garden and bedding it for the winter.
I put most of that work into Becoming Bea, plus so much more.
What is some of the work you do in the autumn?
(I’m running an All Things Apple contest to celebrate the release of Becoming Bea. Hop on over to my blog at lesliegould.com for all the details.)
Photo 1: Country Harvest by Kim Newberg (public domain)