I'm slowly gathering enough tomatoes to make sauce, the yellow crookneck squash is outdoing itself and the sunflowers are crazy with blooms this year. Autumn is definitely coming on.
As each year rolls through its phases, promises of renewal hang in the air. Autumn, rather than being the end of something, seems to be the beginning, all over again.
I love to see the pantry shelves filled with gleaming jars of green beans and tomatoes and other good food waiting for winter. It's a throwback to when our ancestors had to put up enough food to last through the winter because if they didn't, they would starve to death before spring.
We don't have to worry so much about that any more (maybe? See Food Prices), but still, putting up pickles and beets and corn and squash gives one a feeling of satisfaction and security.
If you don't can, freeze or dehydrate summer vegetables, you don't know what you're missing! It's not all about the goodness of the food or saving money on it, although those are very valid reasons. A big part of it is the satisfaction of a job well done and looking forward to a less hectic, more secure winter.