With high summer’s advent, yet new harvests from gardens, glades and glens descend upon us. Near the barn, wild chamomile is abundant. We’ll harvest and dry a liter for tea through the year. Dock seeds are mature and dry now, and they will be beaten into sacks, hand milled and winnowed over the coming two weeks to supplement our grain. August chanterelles begin to emerge in abundance and so commences the late summer season of mushroom gathering. Not long from now pennybuns, corrals, hedgehogs and many other kinds of mushrooms shall join them in forest and meadow. Indian pipe is appearing under all the spruces at the edge of the Elfwood near our ancient cottage, and when young they can be steamed into fine pale vegetable with a flavor similar to asparagus. Wild cherries are ready to be harvested at the base of the mountain, as are serviceberries, and that too will require some attention over the next two weeks. The Earth Mother is being most kind to us, though in different ways, this year. While our tomatoes have struggled–as I knew they would given I planted them in first year beds this growing season to give their old beds a rest–the land supplements our needs in many other ways. The land is always the ally, if you live by its patterns and know how to speak its language.
High Summer Harvest