The fog that has enshrined Rabbit Hill for the past 2 days was gone this morning. Last night's gale changed the landscape of the cove; geese are honking on their flight south, the maple trees are turning crimson, and the deer are eating apples straight from the trees.
The fall equinox stirs the hoarding instinct in all beings as we scurry to finish the harvest, split the wood, bank the house and prepare the larder for winter.
The dining room table has become the "tomato ripening" area.
Six different varieties of tomatoes are harvested, checked daily, and "felt" for optimum ripeness before heading off to the walk-in freezer.
One of my favorite tomato varieties is Goldman's Italian American
We built our company on great tasting tomato sauces made with Maine grown tomatoes. Although we not longer process 20,000 pounds of tomatoes annually, we grow enough here at Rabbit Hill to keep us in sauce all winter, and share the extra jars with our friends!