The Weekend Harvest–Bushels of Pears/ Pear Cider

Harvesting our pears

This past weekend Dale installed a 30 ft mural that he created for the county. I’ll show you what it looks like after the unveiling this afternoon, exciting.

Saturday pears were dropping from our pear tree faster than fast, that meant harvest time. I picked as many as I had room to store. I’m going to make pear butter (the best ever) with them, but I’m waiting for Rachael to come home and video the process so you can be with us.

I use cider in my pear butter so I started a couple of batches.

After pear harvesting I mowed the yard for a few hours, planted pansies on the front path to the house, then made dinner and dessert to bring Dale and his crew at the county installation. I stayed with them until midnight so I could help hang the 30 foot header on top of the mural.

Sunday Dale had a few loose ends to finish on the installation, then came home and we enjoyed a pot roast, potatoes and vegetables. We then enjoyed a long walk around the property and found at least 50 persimmon trees growing in the back field. This is the first year we’ve noticed them having fruit. They were delicious! Yum!

We’ll be a persimmon orchard in a couple of years. We found another pear tree that’s limbs were drooping with fruit. God has been good to give us so many delicacies.

We then sat down next to the barn and pondered all the things God has laid on our heart for the future, it was a sweet time.


This was the pear tree a week before. You can see the ones picked are more yellow and ready for use immediately.

Harvested pears

I stored as many as I could in our old refrigerator and in the house . These will be used for the pear butter.


This is our antique apple press for making cider. I love it! However,I didn’t have time to clean it, I opted for the electric juicer in my kitchen.

I washed the pears, took out bad places, chopped them and then sent them through the juicer

Chopped pears

Pear cider in waiting. Buying cider at the store would be easier, but when you have an abundance of fruit you gotta make it yourself. I added homemade whey to this for fermentation and to add good bacteria.

Pulp from the pear juice

Chickens and rooster enjoying the pulp


Edward, our buck eating the pear scraps

After harvesting pears and mowing for a couple of hours I planted pansies. These will be triple in size next spring, just in time for the big wedding.

One of our many persimmon trees


Walking, talking and dreaming of all the Lord has laid on our hearts







  • Joy said:

    OK...before I can even comment on anything else, I have to say....that last picture...ADORABLE!!!! What a blessing to be able to call you friends.

    I also think the picture of the antique apple press is amazing and I loved the pathway of pansies.

    When I read all the work you do, I feel like I'm lazy! You are always planting, harvesting, cooking etc... Your life is a beautiful reflection of a Biblical mandate. I want to personally thank you for sowing Godly wisdom and advice into the soil of my heart. May the yield bring much fruit as I grow in obedience to His Word.

    Love you,

    • Oh Joy, you're too sweet! Thank you! I loved the photo of you and Gord on your wedding day you just posted on FB, ADORABLE!

  • Heather Marcotte said:

    Oh,we miss the farm.The children were reading your blog over my shoulder and are offering to help you guys in any way:)They miss the farm too...And Edward,and Sparky and of course you guys..Love you!

    • If you all are free the day we make pear butter- that would be the greatest! You could have all the pear butter you want. We'll have plenty! Canning is something to do with a lot of family gathered around, everyone at different stations, some peeling and chopping others cooking, some smashing and others doing the canning. Laughter and fun the whole day!

      • Heather Marcotte said:

        That would be so much fun.We can't wait!

  • Rachel Olsen said:

    Love this post. Love ALL your posts! LOVE YOU.

  • Hilda Quintanilla said:

    Dad had his MRI this afternoon. Results either tomorrow or Thursday. PLEASE PRAY IT'S ALL GONE. Love U

  • Barbara Curry said:

    Sharon- You are amazing! You are one busy lady and definitely a Proverbs 31 model ! Can't wait to see pictures of the mural. Miss you and hope to see you soon again. Love you!

    • Hi Barbara! Thank you! I miss you very much, we'll have to plan a dinner sometime soon. It's my turn next. We're going to NY this coming weekend to visit Jennifer for her birthday so maybe the next week. Love you!