Today I cooked about eight pie-pumpkins, a half dozen butternut squash, and a dozen ears of corn to put up in the freezer.
The animals have loved munching on the husks, skins, and seeds as I worked through our bounty.
I imagined how it must have been generations ago as wives put up their vegetables for the fall and winter. My grandmother and great-grandmother worked side by side on the farm filling their pantries with the colors of summer.
I never had that privilege as great-grandma died when I was almost four and I never understood the blessing of my gentle grandma in the kitchen until I was a mother on my own a thousand miles away.
So here's to the women who helped feed their families so many years ago and to the ones who continue to do the work today.
Sending love and squash-flavored kisses from the farm