There has been a distinct chill in the air these past mornings. It is a happy sad time for the gardener. For the past four months the summer sun has been a partner, encouraging seeds to sprout and plants to grow and produce. It has been a good summer for growing, eating and preserving fruit, berries, and vegetables.
I find myself a little saddened now that the pressure canner is cleaned and placed in storage. Concurrently, I am thrilled to no longer be tied to the kitchen range waiting for the timer to buzz. It is sad to think that within a few weeks I will no longer be able to pick the evening meal fresh from the garden. Then again, what joy I find in gazing at the colorful rows of my preserved bounty. For the beginner, try The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home by Janet Chadwick.