At this time of the year it can be hard to tell which way the season is going to go by the weather. Today felt like a beautiful spring day while this past weekend had me prepping for winter. I'm not all that inclined to rush the season along but the earlier sunsets and the raking of leaves tell me that there is no turning back.
I, however, will do what I can to put it off. Instead of putting my garden to my bed, I tuck my tomatoes in at night to extend the harvest. Each night that there is danger of frost I cover the volunteer paste tomatoes growing in the middle of the back yard (where last year's tomato patch had been) with an old bath towel. In the morning, I wake up, remove the towel and hope for sun and high temps. I cling to hopes of being able to jar a bit more sauce for the winter.
Other signs that the season is winding down...tomorrow is the last of the four farmers' markets held on the Syracuse University campus. The last two were on days with tropical storm like weather. Tomorrow promises to be beautiful so come check out the the fall harvest and get your squashes, root vegetables, and other storage produce to hold you over the coming colder months. I'll be there from 11:00 - 1:00 pm signing copies of the book I contributed to: Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food. The University Community Harvest Farmers' Market takes place in the Waverly parking lot from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Lastly, lovers of all things apple shouldn't miss the annual Lafayette Apple Festival taking place this weekend. Local apples, cider, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and yeah, I know, crowds. But it's autumn perfection. Enjoy every moment.