Produce and Products of Summer

Trifold Project: Completed!

I’m happy to say that the first-ever trifold project I had no business taking on is done, and was not a terrible experience–though there were moments of frustration to the point of thinking I’d have to admit I’d bitten off more than I could chew. In the end, there were solutions for every problem. I made myself commit to something I didn’t know how to do but knew the obligation would be a stern and unrelenting teacher, and it was. And I passed.

So, moving right along: We’ll be spending a few days in Rapid City, South Dakota with our grand daughters while their parents will be (involved in one capacity or another–and therein, a whole nuther story for later) at the Harley Rally in and around Sturgis. I understand that our son-in-law will drive us up on Saturday for a brief exposure (so to speak) to the hedonic madness. I will be packing the Nikon for sure.

Now, to deal with the garden produce, which, as I’d expected, will be reaching its (rather meager) peak while we’re elsewhere. The corn blew down in last week’s storm, and is now on the compost pile. The tomatoes are starting to blight. And the beans are infested with bean beetles that I’ve barely managed to control with manual squishing (the technical term for digital pest control.) Even so, we’ll have beans and tomatoes to can, and they’ll be waiting like the Mongrel Hoards storming the walls when we return.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I can’t wait for the Sturgis photos you will post. Have fun!!
    By the way, your trifold project is beautiful. Congrats.

  2. In ’96 the wife and I drove across country and saw both the Badlands and Devil’s Tower in SD, and we accidentally ran into this bike rally in Sturgis. Kind of a bizarre event. Fred, that’s it! Get yourself a hog, strap on your camera, and give us a photo album extraordinaire of the US.