The Cure for What Ails Ya: Garden Harvest in the Yukon


The Pen is Mightier With Veggies
The Pen is Mightier With Veggies

Had a great crop this year, and it’s not done.  We just started harvesting.  Wow.  The vegetables are big.  So I decided to showcase the vegetables next to objects you’d recognize….my pen, a bottle of T-3s, my truck.  


The one next to the bottle made me think about the difference between something that comes out of the ground and something that comes out of a bottle.  I like ’em both, but I think if I had more fresh garden vegetables that soon I wouldn’t need anything else. 

The garden was a work of art this year.  I am so proud of the labor that went into it, into weeding, into caring for it.  The carrots are big and sweet, the potatoes rich.  And the greens they grow so high…

Yes, the Greens They Grow So High
Yes, the Greens They Grow So High



I learned a lot from growing the garden.  The patience.  The time involved on your hands and knees rooting out the chickweed.  Sweating in the Yukon sun.  These are mini-accomplishments, like trophies.  And it’s a nice thing to do in the Yukon on these long summer days inside a quick and dirty summer–10 weeks, maybe.  We had so much sun this summer.  If you were thinking about leaving the Yukon after the last three summers, this summer wooed you back.

Harvest on a Red Truck
Harvest on a Red Truck



I’m gonna fix a sheep stew tomorrow–fresh Dall Sheep that was walking around last week (I did not shoot it, but I did help cut it up)–and fresh vegetables.  A lot of work went into that stew and I’ll remember the two guys who trekked across the mountains in gale-force winds and rain to get this sheep to my kitchen.  And I’ll remember the hours I spent in the garden waiting for the vegetables to get big enough to leave the garden and enter my kitchen.  

And I’ll say to myself—hey, this cures whatever ails me–this summer stew.  

Fresh Vegetables with Tylenol 3s

5 thoughts on “The Cure for What Ails Ya: Garden Harvest in the Yukon

  1. taibhsearachd August 26, 2009 / 9:59

    Yeah for fresh garden veggies! And for sheep stew (one of my favour meals in the whole world). Your graden looks fabulous.

  2. Susan Zettell August 29, 2009 / 9:59

    Hey Jerome! Wow! Those are indeed amazing veggies and the garden looks so tenderly loved and orderly. You should be proud. — Susan Z

  3. Bryan Ballenger August 29, 2009 / 9:59

    Greetings, old friend. It appears you’ve done well for yourself & made a great life. So much has changed since our days at Wayland. I think back fondly on those days. Enjoy your summer repast and know that I’m wishing you well.

  4. Jen Moore September 6, 2009 / 9:59

    Nothing gives one a sense of peace like a garden…and spring gardens (or your summer one here) renew our joy and hope in better things to come.

  5. farm toys September 23, 2010 / 9:59

    It is awesome to stumble across something worth looking at. Seems like everybody is starting a site and tossing up whatever jumps into their head. Most of the time it does not make sense. I am happy to see that is not the case here.

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