In traditional farming cultures, autumn marks a time of harvest and food processing and storage, all in preparation to hunker down for the winter. It is also a time to get together with family and friends to give thanks, feast, and celebrate what was, hopefully, a bountiful growing season.
Here in the United States, we officially celebrate the fall harvest on Thanksgiving Day, so the folks at the Urban Farm Project would like to take a moment to reflect on the past year. We grew enough okra, beans, tomatoes and peppers to share with our volunteers and with the food pantry at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Our Urban Farm Fest attracted a little over a hundred people and was a ton of fun. The greens we’re currently growing in hoop houses fared well during the recent cold snap, and we’re already inventorying our seeds for next season.
The pumpkin is an iconic vegetable associated with this time of year, and we can think of nothing better than pumpkin pie to go with all that turkey and fixins’. Click here for a recipe to serve on Thanksgiving.
For anyone who’s interested in the history of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, click here.
And finally, we’d like to give thanks for our community of volunteers. The garden exists because these individuals, past and present, give their time and energy so freely.
Happy Harvest Day, and as always, happy gardening!