Fall Bounty

The trees in the neighborhood continue to be abundant.  My husband and stepdaughter just set off to harvest more goodness for our household.  It is a cross between wildcrafting and orchard harvesting.  As we take our regular walks we note the location of fruit and nut trees planted in the strip between the sidewalk and the road. As the season progresses we watch the fruit ripen. And when finally it seems ready we harvest some and bring it home. We do not take from trees that seem to be harvested by the tenants, and we sometimes ask permission if we ever see the tennents.  We NEVER harvest from anyone’s front yard gardens.

Here in Portland so many people believe in growing their own food that the neighborhoods are filled with yard gardens and food trees and culinary herbs.  It’s a funky oasis.

In our home this fall we have had these neighborhood harvested foods: apples, pears, persimmons, chestnuts and grapes. 

This afternoon my husband roasted up some chestnuts in our oven and we ate them lightly salted.  So good, slightly sweet.

He is totally into this type of harvesting and, being awesome at plant identification, notes the locations of food bearing trees and vines all year long.  Persimmons and Hardy Kiwis are two he gets especially excited about.  Soon he’ll hunt for Chantrelle mushrooms up on the mountain and we’ll have them with pasta and white sauce.

Thanks be to the Earth from which all goodness comes


About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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