Harvest time is always a great time, and a busy time. Harvesting started in March with sugar bush and slowed down around the middle of October closing out the gardens. Although harvesting slows down, it continues through winter! If you would like to know more, come and see what we are doing at Extension’s Camps, Anishinaabe Center’s Defeat Diabetes Day, and Sah Kah Tay Indigenous Preservation efforts.
An example of one family’s harvest: 18 gallons of maple syrup, several pounds of fresh spring greens, strawberries, blueberries, chokecherries, plums, gooseberry, currents, raspberries, black cherries, high bush cranberries, celery, parsley, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, peas, zucchini, beets, four varieties of squash, corn, ten varieties of potatoes, eight varieties of peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, kale, broccoli, carrots, chives, cauliflower, cucumbers, tobacco, mullein, catnip, nettles, several varieties of wild mushrooms, oregano, basil, lemon balm, sage, cedar, thyme, rosemary, sumac, wild rice, fish, beaver, bear, and deer. This list is only a partial glimpse of the 2009 harvest. These items are what has been stored for winter, not what was enjoyed fresh from Mother Earth!