Ma's always preparing

Here’s a little excerpt from the book, Every Farm Tells A Story by Jerry Apps.  I’ll have an upcoming book review for this book soon but since I’m in the vein of talking about Ma….

Another of Ma’s projects, the garden, provided us with a constant supply of fresh vegetables, from the first radishes of spring to winter squash and pumpkins. Ma also busied herself all summer canning peas, carrots, green beans, and sweet corn. And when the cabbage came in, we helped her make a big crock of sauerkraut that lasted most of the winter.

Ma’s garden taught me and my brothers to appreciate the wonderful taste of fresh vegetables, prepared but a few minutes from harvesting. We also loved canned vegetables on cold, snowy winter days, when Ma’s garden lay buried deep in snow and she longingly waited for her seed catalogs to arrive in the mailbox.

Ma was always thinking ahead, always planning, always working. 

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”  Proverbs 31:27

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