We have had beautiful fall weather for the last week here in Utah, with another beautiful week still to come. Highs in the coming week are going to be about 65 with crisp cool nights in the low 40′s. I really love fall, there is just something about the cool weather and changing colors that I really enjoy.
The kids had Friday off from school so I took the afternoon off work and we headed up to our favorite local canyon. There are some really beautiful canyons in the Salt Lake City area but our favorite, just a little south of Salt Lake, is called American Fork Canyon.
We stopped at Crystal Springs, which is a beautiful series of springs in just a gorgeous setting.
We love these springs and the pretty little paths the forest service has set up around it. We haven’t been here for years so it was fun to come back. About 8 years ago the area was ravaged by a forest fire, it was amazing to see how much the area has recovered in just those few short years! Nature is amazing! We also ran into and old friend and teacher that both Mrs. Stoney and I had back in college while we where there. That was fun to catch up with him and his wife.
Not much fall color left in this canyon. We had to search pretty hard to find a few changing leaves.
I sure do love my daughters new camera. It takes pretty awesome photos!!
This little fall was something new we discovered in a part of the canyon we hadn’t ever explored before. Very pretty.
Not much to report on the harvest front this week. We brought in about 3 pounds of tomatoes from the garage that had ripened. Believe it or not three weeks ago these were completely green! I haven’t been watching these very well, usually I pull any ripening tomatoes out of the green box to keep the ripening from spreading. But I haven’t done a very good job of that this year so they are ripening in big groups!! That means they won’t be lasting as long as the do some years.
But the advantage of that is we have enough ready to make a batch of fresh salsa every 5 or so days!! It’s never quite as good as what we make in August and September but this batch was still pretty tasty!!
Remember these guys? These were some crenshaw melons we picked before the first frost just to see if they would ripen. Well they did. In fact we lost 2 that went beyond ripe before we realized it (oh well, we will know to watch them closer next year),but one of them was perfect!!
I wish I would have thought to take a shot before I cut it up. This actually turned out to be one of the best Crenshaws of the year! Really tasty and perfectly ripe. We still have 2 more we are hoping will ripen.
Here’s our harvest totals for the week:
Kale – 1 pound (most made into kale chips)
Various greens – 1.25 pounds
Ripened green tomatoes – 3.25 pounds
Ripened Crenshaw – 7 pounds
Total – 12.50 pounds
That brings our annual total to 638 pounds! We may make that 650 pound mark yet!!
I’m Linking up today with the Monday Harvest report at Daphne’s Dandelions!