It’s harvest time: The rice crop is in and the cane crop is on the way. As noted in a previous column, the purchase of the “deep-freezer” by my dad in the 1960s became a storage locker for all the fruits and vegetables from our property in Pennsylvania. Fruit trees included apple, pear, peach, plum and a grape arbor, producing enough fruit for jams, jellies and apple pie throughout the year. Our garden provided tomatoes, beans, potatoes, carrots, lettuce and rhubarb. In September, tomatoes were pureed into juice; a recipe my brother Kevin still uses in his famous spaghetti sauce. I remember the sweet corn harvest and the assembly line process of ears being blanched, cut from the cob, packed and loaded into the deep freeze.

Fastcast: Comfortable.

Sunny, with a high near 87 degrees. Calm winds becoming northeasterly around 5 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low about 64 degrees. Southerly winds around 5 mph becoming calm.