August seasonal living! A little different in 2020…like just about everything else!
I still use my 2020 planner to help organize my days and not fall into the feeling that every day is Wednesday during lockdown. How about you?
Here at the farm, we remain in isolation, more or less.
As I recently wrote on Facebook: I am eating better, moving more and more closely aligned with my goals than I have been in years. It’s been great for my marriage, too. I think knowing you are going to be one-on-one with someone special for an extended period of time makes a lot of things that used to matter not very important.
I live in a part of the country where my neighbors are suspicious, nonconformist, and somewhat anti-social. Since March, Bob and I have decided, for safety sake, to make these 5-acres we call Stony Ridge Farm the whole of our lives.
Sometime in June, we got antsy and went out into the vast world. Despite the perfection of social distancing policies of most area businesses, the rouge behavior of fellow patrons sent us scurrying back to the farm, falling to our knees and kissing the land as we tumbled from the car into the safety of our gardens.
Since then, we each in our own way have built a steady and robust life around the 4-pillars of seasonal living: garden, kitchen, wellness, and activism within the bounds of our home. At first, I recognized that this lifestyle gave us a sense of being prepared for pandemic and social unrest, then I realized it might just be what gets us through the other side happy, healthy, and closer to our big goals and grand plans.
Gardening, cooking, canning, meditating, exercising, and thoughtfully engaging with current events…these activities ground us in nature and make this small life beautiful. As a matter of fact, I can’t believe how quickly time is moving despite the repetitive familiarity of each passing hour, day after day.
Ummm, like it’s August!
Whether you are in an urban apartment, suburban development, or the open country of iconic American farmland there are seasonal practices that bring a sense of grounding and purpose to daily life regardless of greater conflicts and trends. Despite the heaviness of the moment, the seasonal living framework steadies a life in the joy and flavor of this particular piece of time.
Now, let’s dig deep into the August season of peaches, garden over-hauls, and some much-needed lockdown self-care.
The August Garden
What to Plant in August? That’s the question, right?
With long hot days and the impending change in seasons, August is a transitional month in the kitchen garden, especially if you grow in all four seasons.
Click this link to get a comprehensive list of what to plant in August. It will help you get the most out of this last full month of summer and prepare for the fall garden.
I also created The Ultimate Fall Planting Guide. It will help you get the best harvests in the fall and winter months. This guide ends with an epic Spotify playlist to help you stay motivated as you build that fall garden.
How about if I just include it here? Enjoy!
The Seasonal Kitchen in August
Did you know that August is National Peach Month?
It’s a great month to enjoy peaches and to preserve them for winter meals.
Speaking of preserving, August is a great time to use these Traditional Methods of Food Preservation. It’s a best practices list from the top-notch food preservation writers on the web.
Finally, no August is complete without making at least one batch of Fermented Dilly Beans. They’re more addictive than chips and ho so much better for you.
August Weekly Meal Plans
Eating fresh, local and organic in August is easy, especially when you get your ingredients delivered! Learn more by clicking the image below.
August Seasonal Wellness
We celebrate the seasonal holiday called Lughnasadh in August. It is the season of the first harvest, and I say a lot more about it here. I dug deep into the pre-Christian roots of the holiday. I was delighted to find academic sources that document what traditional celebrations looked like in Ireland before the modern fascination with these seasonal holidays.
I haven’t planned any specific celebrations of the day, yet. But, I’ll keep you posted here. Be sure to follow along!
August is National Wellness Month!
Yeah, it’s a busy time of year between eating all those peaches and practicing basic self-care…
I’ll be focusing on staying hydrated this August. Here’s some good advice for all of us.
It is an awesome season of reckoning in the United States and the world at large.
While many of us grapple with the phrase Black Lives Matter, we discover there are no shortages of ways the systems function as if they don’t. One way to come to grips with the message and opportunity of the movement is to educate ourselves about all the excellent work going on to bring gardens, healthy food, holistic wellness, and meaningful activism to communities left out of the abundance of America.
Here’s a story that brings me hope and joy. I hope you are inspired to learn more by watching it.
Look into the future with a glimpse at Seasonal September!
Click the image below to see what foods we celebrate, what garden tasks are optimal and how to welcome fall with ceremony and ritual.
The Kitchen Garden Planner and Journal
Organize your kitchen garden, season by season, month by month, and project by project with this handy Kitchen Garden Planner and Journal! It comes with lifetime access to printable worksheets and journal pages, and membership in the Stony Ridge Farm seasonal living community.
This planner comes with instructions on how to tackle the following tasks and use our worksheets to:
– Design your vegetable and flower gardens
– Track plant selections and how successful they are in your garden
– Document soil amendments and pest control strategies
– Garden budgeting, tracking projections and actual expenses
– Seasonal and monthly planner calendars
– Garden journal pages
Quick Guide to 6 End-of-Summer Food Preservation Techniques
The Quick Guide to 6 End of Summer Food Preservation Techniques with Recipes from Lorrie Season and Stony Ridge Farm is a 14 page eBook with 6 DIY kitchen projects to preserve the best of summer flavors for winter meals. It is a seasonal living must-have resource.
The Quick Guide to End of Summer Food Preservation includes six recipes using each of the basic techniques described The Traditional Methods of Food Preservation post. Lorrie Season is a learn-by-doing resource. The best way to practice traditional food preservation is to begin using the techniques at the end of summer when food is so plentiful and affordable using these safe and simple techniques. Get the eBook and use the recipes to learn how to:
- Acidify with Vinegar
- Use Oil
- Make Alcoholic Cordials
You’ve worked hard all summer in your garden, with your farm share, and managing all those farmers market hauls! Now, make sure you get to enjoy the results with these simple and safe food preservation techniques!
Let’s Stay Connected
If you enjoy seeing life through the lens of the changing seasons, I invite you to stay connected. We are a community of activist-oriented gardeners, cooks, and nature lovers.
If you want a loving community to be a part of your seasonal life, please do anyone (or ALL!) of the following:
- Sign up for the newsletter and get my herbal teas and tisanes recipe book for FREE! Tea is always a welcome addition to any time in the kitchen.
- Join our FREE Facebook Group, where we’re always talking gardens and kitchens.
- Follow me on Instagram and watch the seasons unfold on my 5-acre homestead in Harpers Ferry, WV.