Getting Ready for Winter
It went down into the low teens last night and today it is cold and windy. It seems that fall has finally come full blast to Vermont. It is November after all, but still the weather has been deceptively warm. It was only last week that we had three days in the high sixties and this week we barely went above mid fifties.
Here on the farm we feel pretty good for the impending winter. Our wood shed is stacked. Pellets are piled high. The freezer is full of food like carrots, parsnips, tomato sauce, peach cobblers, applesauce, and apple crisps and other goodies and food from our garden. Homemade canned peach salsa, dehydrated kale, jams and jellies, banana marmalade, and dried herbs are on our shelves in the cellar and dried beans are stored in our cupboards. The wind may blow, the snow may fall, but we are ready!
Hunting season for deer and ducks is upon us and we have been out early in the mornings. I usually hunt with my camera and let others fill our freezer. I enjoy going out but I’m quite honestly not a great hunter. I get distracted by a cute squirrel, bird, or other creature and move around too much. We have not been lucky with deer yet, but duck season seems good so far and getting better as it gets colder. Hopefully we will a good amount of meat in our freezer for this winter.
All of this preparation may be a lot of work, but I love having this secure feeling of the house and family all ready for the winter. My family from the South say that we are crazy because we spend our whole summer preparing for the winters. Well, yeah. But that is what you do as a New England-er. We may be crazy to some, but that is who we are and we can honestly say we enjoy all that hard work because we can truly appreciate it during those cold winter months.
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