Thanksgiving in the Midwest is closer to the original feast of the Pilgrims and Indians than any other place in the USA. I don't mean to imply people from large metropolitan areas, the coasts or mountain states have a lesser appreciation of the holiday or its meaning. It's not a put-down or slam of city folk. … Continue reading Midwest Thanksgiving
As I finished up my chores (chores? Geez, sounds like a farmer) at the lake, I noticed the farmer across the road was picking his last row of corn. The farmer was probably elated, and a little relieved, to get his harvesting done for the year. While it has been dry and unseasonably warm the … Continue reading Almost Done
One of the best exhibits at the Iowa State fair is the Children's Farm. Kids plant the seeds, harvest the crop, take it to the market, sell it, and receive payment that they cash in for an ice cream bar on the way out. They also drive a tractor, gather eggs and milk cows; quite a … Continue reading Squirt!
Where did this odd ball come from? Picking apples at a commercial apple farm near Mondamin, Iowa has become an annual fall ritual for me and the fam. Clean country air, several varieties to choose from, and lots of fun. I found this half yellow, half red apple in a row of Chieftan apple trees; … Continue reading Mutant Apple
This poor corn crib has survived one too many "bin busters", record yielding harvests. But, with this year's record-setting drought throughout the Midwest, the corn cribs will likely be little used, let alone bursting at the seams. Thought for the Day: The harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few. Matthew … Continue reading Corn Crib
Scratch another one off my Bucket List, the fall colors of New England. I found that catching the turning leaves at their peak can be a crap shoot, and a day or two either way can make a big difference. Even in the same day, you can go from no fall colors to peak … Continue reading Vermont Harvest
This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. While you're out picking apples, I'll be in New England. See you in a coupla weeks; thanks for reading my blog. Thought for the Day: He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Ben Franklin