In the Larder

Red pepper relish, blackberry jam, dried peaches … My larder is crammed and I’m looking forward to a tasty winter! I have a whole book of zucchini recipes and I tried a new one this year: Zucchini bread & butter pickles …


I have stored
summer’s happiness                
in quart jars

dried fullness
canned ripeness

put all on dark
shelves in a cool
room of austerity

smiles cross my larder
detecting company
from fruit to
pickled onion
beside rosemary
and sage vinegar


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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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1 Response to In the Larder

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    I do not come from a family who did and taught the pleasures of gardens and making jams, etc.
    Very city people, in that good food came from farms to good groceries and family stores. My Mom was raised in the country, we lived in farm areas for many years. I witnessed at times when visiting grand-parents the butchering of a pig or the milking of a cow, but even grand-ma would buy stuff at the store or get it from neighbors. I appreciate good home made food, but never find the will nor the time to do it myself. Did raise a few tomatoes this past summer, and some lettuce, maybe I am looking at a retirement project.

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