Monday, September 20, 2010


Well, it has been a very very busy month, and I just haven't had time to update the blog as I had hoped. I'm going to try to get this quick post up before Sukkot.

Labor Day - Steven and I spent removing everything from the greenhouse and re-leveling the floor in preparation for using all the extra used quarry tile we had been given to cover the greenhouse floor. Once Steven gets it all laid out, he hopes to haul in sand to fill the cracks. However, gophers and moles are not making his life easy -- they keep burrowing under the green house floor and causing soft spots and raised areas. (have photos of this project when I get time to upload them)

We are needing rain quite badly.

We are anticipating our trip to Texas this week, and hope to also get a chance to meet some fellow bloggers during our drive. But so much to do to get prepared, and so little time!

Seckel pears are all gone, but picked quite a few of the full size (Dutchess or Bartlett, not sure which) yesterday to share with others. Was able to get quite a bit of the mowing done, but still not as much as I would like to. Wish I could get this tractor working again.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Pears

...pear puree', pear sauce, roasted pears, pear pie, spiced pears, canned pears, frozen pears, dehydrated pears.... sell some... give some away.......

This week has been all about pears. Our Seckel Pear tree has produced so heavily this year (so have our Dutchess and Bartlett full-size pear trees, but we haven't even got to those yet!) that we are overun with wonderful, sweet pears.

Steven, not wanting to wasting a single fallen fruit, have made every day this week a "pear processing" day. Trying to save every morsel for possible future or winter needs, we are coring pears and sometimes peeling pears, and storing pears in every conceivable way you can store them. We have to process quickly, because pears don't keep very long and ripen very quickly on the kitchen shelf.

Speaking of kitchen shelves -- every counter in my kitchen is currently covered in pears; and pears in sacks on the floor. We get one brown paper bag full of pears done and I realize he has brought in two more. I think there were six full bags on the floor when I went to bed last night.

I like pears. But not so much so this week.

Seckels are a wonderful pear, I have to admit. A mini dessert-type pear that sits prettily in the palm of your hand, it is a perfect snacking pear and much sweeter than any other kind.

But I'm almost to the point people get when the zucchini starts overtaking their garden at the end of each summer --- my neighbors my find gifts of pears on their front porches in the morning...