This is the time of year when I see my husband's eyes light up like a kid in a candy store, like a boy with a new dog... all because it is harvest time.
Harvest really is a special time of the year... like no other. I often ride on the combine harvester with my husband and every year he tells me with the same enthusiasm as the year before... "just think, this is our daily bread, our year's work, how we feed our family and feed others." When the mountains of grain are piled up to the ceiling in the storage barns, it is awe-inspiring to catch a glimpse of this small part that his family plays in the big picture.
This year an "Erntefest" (harvest celebration) was held, which is basically just a time of celebrating the work that was done with a nice meal. Everyone who partook in harvest gathered to enjoy "the fruits of their labor". My mother in law made a special "Erntekrone" (harvest crown) with the four common crops that they had on the farm this year... wheat, barley, oats, and rye.
It is this preserving and holding onto traditions that I appreciate and love so much about this country. Do you have any special fall traditions?