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Fruits of Labor — Summer Fruits

September 12, 2012

Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise. — Linford Christie

Summer is almost over!

I am absorbing the colors and beauty of its abundance before the arrival of fall.

Anticipation of beautiful fall with its warm hues and crisp air excites me, yet departure of abundant summer makes me want to hold on to it. Long sunny days and bright outdoors will soon be replaced with shorter days and more time indoors. I am capturing the last stretch of summer and enjoying farmers markets with their generous supplies of fresh produce.

Some of us are busy making jams, jellies, chutneys, and conserves, seizing the essence of the season. Colorful preserve bottles bring taste of summer to our tables later in the year.

I will be making some chutneys soon. A little tangy! A little sweet!  A little fragrant! Fragrance is always a bonus. What’s not to like? They add a little zing to sandwiches and appetizers.

Freezing some berries, mangoes, and peaches for fruity sauces will bring smiles to pancakes and waffles. Healthy smoothies will appreciate a dose of these delectable fruits as well. Also, fruit pies and tarts will add warm comfort. Ah! the homemade goodness !

A little bit of summer in our kitchens on cold winter days!  I think, it’s a beautiful thing.

Enjoy the gallery of summer fruits. Hope they encourage you to seize the season in jars or freezer.

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“Alexandra often said that if her mother were cast upon a desert island, she would thank God for her deliverance, make a garden, and find something to preserve. Preserving was almost a mania with Mrs. Bergson. Stout as she was, she roamed the scrubby banks of Norway Creek looking for fox grapes and goose plums, like a wild creature in search of prey. She made a yellow jam of the insipid ground cherries that grew on the prairie, flavoring it with lemon peel; and she made a sticky dark conserve of garden tomatoes. She had experimented even with the rank buffalo-pea, and she could not see a fine bronze cluster of them without shaking her head and murmuring, ‘What a pity!’ When there was nothing to preserve, she began to pickle.” — Willa Cather, ‘O Pioneers!’

What are you preserving?


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