Ok, so I use the term “fall” loosely now that we live in Texas, because 90* doesn’t count as fall in my book. But at least the nights are cooler, and I don’t constantly curse the heat. Yes, I’m one of those people who runs the air conditioner 24/7 in the summer months, and then refuses to turn on the heat until we are low 50s at night. Even then…we turn on the heat more around the freezing mark.
For us, fall marks the beginning of animal processing time, reorganizing the pantry and stocking staples, fermenting cabbage, pickles and the last of the chili peppers. Preparing for the cold-ish winter months. Cleaning out the bedding and whitewashing the coop, and starting the deep-litter for over-winter warmth for our fowl flocks. This year we have the added tasks of setting up winterized huts for pigs, and I have added to the honey-do list and requested a curing cabinet with mesh screen for the kitchen, since we will be curing our own bacon, pancetta and prosciutto after the commercial hogs are butchered (and we won’t be going down THAT road again…) in a month or so. We also are transitioning from the HUGE Red Wattle pigs to creating a smaller, more flavorful pig with better pasture conversion and more fat (hello, lovely lard) by crossing Red Wattles with KuneKunes. We will also be breeding for registered KuneKune pigs every once in a while, which will be available for sale of LIVE pigs for show, breed conservation or pet purposes (these blow those PB and Juliana pigs out of the water for pet purposes, believe you me).
It means lots of soups and comfort foods, pumpkin and apple everything. Not pumpkin spice, but REAL, honest to goodness pumpkin. The kids and I love roasting pumpkins and scooping out the delicious flesh and turning it into soups, baked goods, pancakes and juice. And then you can’t forget those cajun roasted pumpkin seeds <3 More baking and time spent in the kitchen (one of my favorite places) since I won’t 1) run the risk of drowning in my own sweat or b) run up an exorbitantly high electric bill. More time spent cuddling with the kids, establishing more family traditions over the holidays. Celebrating the death of fleas….
What does fall mean for you?