Thursday, September 23, 2010

FULL HARVEST MOON - SEPTEMBER 23RD


This is always the name of the full Moon that falls closest to the date of the autumnal equinox. In years when the Harvest Moon falls in September, the October full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, the Travel Moon, or the Dying Grass Moon.


The mellow Moon,

the changing leaves,

The earlier setting Sun,

Proclaim at last, my merry boys,

The harvesttime begun.
–Charles G. Eastman (1816–60)



It’s Harvesttime!
Here’s some sound advice on how to store apples and pears:
If of late-keeping varieties, pack them at once in barrels or boxes, and place them in a cool, dry cellar where the temperature will vary but little from 8 degrees above the freezing point of water. In such a place they should be kept until wanted for use, or for sale.
To change the air or temperature will hasten decay, which is a fact that many of the past generation failed to learn.
–Farmer’s Calendar, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1900


Here’s a modern approach to storing apples: Apples keep well for about 6 months between freezing and 45 degrees F. A Styrofoam chest or a double cardboard box in a cool mudroom or cellar can approximate root cellar conditions.

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