Pumpkins


Autumn is Harvest Time

With low temperatures in the 40s at night and high temperatures topping out at 60 degrees during the day, autumn has arrived here in northern New England--and the sound honking geese migrating south proves it. Although I'm confident that there will be a few more days of warmer weather ahead, it's only a matter of time until the frost, followed by the snow, arrives.

Despite the cooler temperatures, my daughters and I took a short walk in the woods to look at a composting toilet my brother designed for the Long Trail near a mountain called Camel's Hump. Wearing their tiny Teva sandals with pink and purple socks, they courageously walked across planks, stumbled over tree roots and rocks, and leaped across miniature gullies with a single bound (with a little help from mommy of course).

As we walked along, a few red and orange leaves fluttered to the ground and I was reminded that autumn means harvest time. In grocery stores, locally harvested pumpkins, squash, turnips, cabbage, apples, and pears have taken the place of corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, melons, and peaches.

In the fields, corn stalks stand upright in their rows, abandoned, and soon to become brown and dried--perfect for decorating the front yard along with multi-colored Indian corn and perhaps a gourd or three. Pumpkins lie ready and waiting in the garden to be picked and made into Jack O'Lanterns.

For me, the mighty pumpkin, cultivated by the Native Americans long before the new settlers arrived, serves as the best reminder that autumn has arrived.


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