This warm weather has me busy with outside chores–which is why I haven’t gotten around to posting about our first harvests of the season until now! No, they weren’t from the garden, but just as satisfying as if they were! We had a cabin work weekend planned for the last weekend in April. Friends were coming up to help with some tree planting, fire wood cutting, and garden prepping but the blanket of snow still covering the ground ruined that plan. Scott was worried the snow would upset his chances at filling his turkey tag but went out anyway Friday morning in search of turkeys. He gave me a call Friday morning around 9 to let me know that the “Hunting Gods” had smiled upon both him and his dad–they both filled their turkey tags with some nice gobblers the first morning they went out!
Turns out the weather was finally working in our favor! The long-anticipated warm up seemed to have the same effect on the animals in the woods as it does on people because all the animals were out that weekend!! I sat out in the turkey blind with Scott as the sun was rising the next day just to see if we could hear any and maybe call a bird in with the turkey calls. We did hear some gobbling–which was exciting. Scott answered back with his best hen impression. The two of them chatted for a bit before the gobbler moved on. It was so invigorating to just sit there together on a long-awaited beautiful sunny spring morning, not talking, just listening to the chatter of the birds and watching the sun rise.
Our second harvest of the season came from our friend’s land where we tapped a few maple trees. In total we ended up with around 5 and a half quarts of syrup.
Next on the harvest schedule for “nature’s garden” is wild ramps, morel mushrooms (my Dad who lives in southern MN keeps us supplied), and spring Blue Gills. Ahhhh nothing is better than the smell of wild ramps in the woods. Except maybe smelling them sauteing in a pan with morel mushrooms and Blue Gills.