Spring is on its way! Here in the Hudson Valley, the last spring frost is typically around Mother’s Day. Soon, you’ll throw those windows and doors wide open. Don’t be caught off guard. It’s time to get all your affairs in order. Spring cleaning is much more pleasant and much less costly with the use of natural, non-toxic cleaning products.
Ah, the crisp bite of cool fall air. It’s back. The trees have exploded into a riot of color—crimson reds, burnt oranges and rusty golds. Nature’s harvest ripens with apples and pumpkins. Finally, we’re allowed the luxury again of rich stews, hearty vegetable casseroles, warm squash soup, and crisp Hudson Valley apples.
I glanced away for a minute and summer arrived. The days got hotter and longer; my kids got stronger and picked the first sweet fruits of tomato, zucchini and sugar snap peas. We watched the cardinal nestlings fledge; the baby rabbits devour our perfectly perfect crispy radishes; the catbirds feed their saucy fledglings, the ladybug larvae tyrannize the meadowsweet aphids; the swallowtail caterpillars munch the parsley, and then change from third to fourth to fifth instars.