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Lynn Deasy is a freelance writer, author, foodie, and garden tinkerer. She lives in a 600 year old house in southern France with her husband, Christophe. Currently, she is looking for a literary agent for her memoir CA VA? STORIES FROM RURAL LIFE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE which examines the oddities of French provincial living from an outsider’s point of view through a series of adventures that provide more than a fair share of frustration, education, admiration, and blisters…. yes, lots and lots of blisters. Lynn blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Harvest Time

Autumn is great; time to get the sweaters out, anticipate a crackling fire in the fireplace, and reap the benefits of all the summer work.  But, when it’s time to gather and can, it’s like a tidal wave of work.  The weekend was spent in nonstop preparation for the winter.  I made 3 quarts of tomatillo sauce, 6 ½ quarts of tomato sauce, 4 jars of quince jam, two trays of dried quince p√Ęte (It’s like a thick fruit bar without the cereal jacket.), and 4 jars of blackberry jam.  When it’s time, it’s time and sometimes that means a marathon course in the kitchen.  If not, the blackberries go moldy from a sudden rain storm, the tomatoes rot on the vine, and the quince get devoured by worms.

And what was Christophe doing the whole time I was toiling away in the kitchen?

Chopping wood because you don’t do that after it gets cold either.

1 bucket of tomatillos

This is one of three buckets, plus the onions and eggplant for the sauce.

So far, I've only gotten half way through the box of quince.

Finally, a finished product: cooling blackberry jam.

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