What a beautiful time of the year. As we drive through the countryside we see the bounty all around us with fruit and vegetables ready to harvest, roadside stands overflowing with fresh produce, and even bright yellow goldenrod to feed the honeybees for the upcoming winter. It's truly a gift to behold and something we are usually blessed with every year. In fact, conditions can be so good that you might find a watermelon plant growing near your back stoop a couple of weeks after you sat there and thoughtlessly spit out seeds from an earlier summer snack. What would happen if one summer our crops failed and we were left without all this food? This did happen back in 1816, causing hardship and hunger for the early pioneers of Chautauqua County.