With the final delivery of the season, the year draws to a close. The leaves have changed, the frost has successfully fried the squash, and geese are flying over looking for wheat and barley swathes to massacre. I’m back to wearing two hoodies and a winter coat until noon, wondering what on Earth happened to summer?! It has been such a busy season that summer has disappeared without me knowing, leaving behind only a tremendously bad farmers tan and an empty garden to prove that it actually happened. Part of me is sad to see the season end, but the other part is looking forward to getting back into the winter routine of feeding cattle.
The only things left in the garden are potatoes. Lots of potatoes. So if you know of anyone who would like a 10lb bag or 20lbs, or more, please send them my way. It looks like I will have a good supply well into October, so if you run out and want some more, let me know! It would be criminal to see them all go to waste.
As you may remember, I was growing flowers for my friends wedding at the beginning of September. The garden was growing well but the week before the wedding, it hailed. Thankfully enough flowers survived the Great White Combine to make the bouquets. With lots of excellent help from the grooms Aunt, the flowers were arranged. I won’t lie, I definitely had nightmares the night before the wedding of the flowers turning into a wilted mass of compost overnight, so I didn’t get much rest. The wedding day dawned overcast and drizzly. As the day progressed, the drizzle would transform into a pouring deluge – generally when the bride had to exit a vehicle and enter a building. At least it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day! (And it sure helped the flowers make it through the day.) Rain aside, the day was glorious. It was such an honor to stand up for an amazing couple, and see their friends and families surround them with love and support as they start their new life together. Congratulations you two!!!
I have spent the last week bringing in the squash, pumpkins and potatoes from the garden. One pumpkin was, well, rather indecently shaped, so much so that I won’t be shipping it. It would have been an excellent entry in last weeks contest for the weirdest shaped vegetable at the Harvest festival. On the topic of squash, from a young age I’ve been told the story of how a relative of mine blew up a spaghetti squash, so it was with a great deal of trepidation that I cooked my first one. I remember looking at it and thinking it looked innocuous and nothing like the incendiary device of my imagination.
With a big knife, and a bit of apprehension, I sliced the squash open. Since I didn’t get covered in explosive squash goo, I considered that step a success! The oven was preheated to 350°F so I greased a cookie sheet and cooked it with the cut side down for about 20 minutes. I then shut the oven off to take supper out to the combine crew and when I came back in, the residual heat had cooked it to perfection. (about 20 minutes). A few words of advice: Wait til the squash is a yellow/brown on the outside before cooking. Cut it around the equator, not lengthwise. Clean the guts out before cooking.
I fluffed up the squash with a fork when it was finished cooking, and removed it from the shell. It went really well with sour cream and brown sugar (And potatoes. Sorry, had to get a spud plug in there somewhere). Sounds like a peculiar combination, but it was quite delicious! The squash doesn’t taste like a traditional buttercup squash to me, as it is much milder.
Thank you all Very Much for supporting this CSA. It warms my heart to see and hear that people are enjoying the produce. Thank you for all of the word of mouth advertising- you guys are way better than the radio or the newspaper! It floors me when a stranger sees the name on my truck and comes up and strikes up a conversation about the vegetables. The power behind that is just amazing. Thank you!
I wish you all a very safe and healthy winter and I look forward with much anticipation to seeing you next year. Thank you again for all the support and encouragement!