Harvest the Bounty

Your library has bushels of recipes and stories to make your harvest time memorable.

CRRL's Cookbook

Here’s an easy and crowd-pleasing recipe to serve as an appetizer at your house or to take to a friend’s house. From Bookplates: Favorite Recipes from the Staff and Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Feta Cheese with Olive Oil and Fresh Basil
Julie DuPont, Porter Branch

1 pound feta cheese
3/4 cup olive oil
10-12 fresh basil leaves, cut in small pieces

Cut the cheese into slices and arrange on a serving plate. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat until it is warm, not hot. Drizzle the olive oil over the cheese slices. Sprinkle the basil over the cheese.
Serve immediately with wheat crackers.

Upcoming Cooking Classes

Baking Bread from a Starter
England Run Branch, Wednesday, November 16, 7:00–8:00
Join us in the MakerLab as we walk you through the steps of baking a loaf of bread from start to finish. The first ten people to sign up will receive their own starter to take home.

Mom and Me Cookie Swap
Cooper Branch, Saturday, December 3, 11:00-12:00
Bake 2 dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies to swap with friends. Cookie decorating station and refreshments provided. School age Please call to sign up. 804-224-0921

Your Harvest Home Library

Here are books from our collection and staff-written articles to help you enjoy the fruits of the season:

The Art of Pie
Homemade and original pie recipes that will make your Thanksgiving guests' mouths water.

Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders
Sure, there are pies, preserves, and other delightful things that might be made from the bounty, but another possibility is to take at least some of your harvest and bottle it.

Just Peachy
Delicate yet practical for many purposes, the peach is a delight for any time of year.

Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces
Glorious fruit and vegetables are a hallmark of harvests, but what do you do when you want to preserve the tastes for other times? What about when you only have a pint or two of produce and not gallons of the stuff?

Saving Summer in a Jar: Preserving the Fruits of the Season
Preserves and pickles have gone gourmet and exotic with exciting flavor combinations to enjoy and share with others. Yet the reason behind preserving comes down to a desire to save today's abundant food on hand to be savored at a later time.

Southern Living’s Farmers’ Market Cookbook
The farmers' market beckons to us with spring's arugula, peas, and asparagus and continues its siren call until the fall's first frost.

Check out these specialized lists for even more to choose from:

You can help bring back the bees or just learn more about this very rewarding pastime. 

Delicious Mushrooms
If you are a mushroom aficionado, you can cultivate your own or (very carefully) seek them in the wild.   

Foraging for Wild Edibles
There are many plants self-seeding around your home that are edible. Use these guides to find the right ones, avoid the wrong ones, and learn more about nature.

Gardening for Good
Growing your own vegetables and fruits is good for you, but you can take steps to make it good for the environment and your neighbors in need, too.

Stories from the Kitchen Table
Food ties families and cultures together. Whether you're serving scones with tea or churros with hot chocolate, traditional cuisines remind us of where we came from and allow us to experience a part of other people's worlds

Sharing the Seasons with Children

Pick a Basket of Books at the Library
These wonderful stories bring the beautiful sights and delicious scents of the orchard and garden to your young ones' storytime.

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie
The lusciously colored illustrations combined with the vivid descriptions of fresh, seasonal food make this a book you won’t want to read on an empty stomach—but if you do, Gourley includes traditional recipes for apple crisp, pecan drops, and corn pudding. Yum!

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
A celebration of all things seasonal, from blooming flowers to hot summer sands to cold and frozen snow. 

And, don't miss these two great lists for younger readers. Popcorn Fun and Facts will fill their minds with the science of a favorite snack and their bellies with popcorn treats to try. Thanksgiving Stories and Crafts has excellent choices for learning more about this holiday while having fun, too.

Historical Harvests

Fruits and vegetable weren't the only things preserved in earlier times. Wouldn't it be nice to have an ice house? Until modern refrigeration was commonplace in the 20th century, people who wanted ice to preserve their food or to have it handy in the summer might visit the local ice house. But where did the ice come from? Read more about a local ice house here.