WHEN FALL COMES
This has to be the best time of year! Though as a gardening family, spring does rank pretty high. The amazing weather the past two weeks has only made everything that comes along with fall more enjoyable. With the full moon on Sunday night and still no frost, we are starting to wonder if this growing season will ever end. This is by far the latest frost-free fall we have ever experienced at our Westboro property. Not only does it feel awkward to be pulling out plants that are still green and alive, we are still putting in more greens just in case the weather holds out another two weeks.
You are receiving another variety of winter squash in your share this week. We call them winter squash because once the skins are hardened, they can be stored for months and months into the winter if kept at the right temp and humidity. We were both raised on acorn squash baked with brown sugar and butter. Little did we know just how many varieties of winter squash exist and the different flavors and textures they all hold inside. Today, we like to incorporate squash into soups, salads and roasted veggies. We also freeze it in small packages to use it as our “pumpkin” in pumpkin scones. Don’t be afraid to step away from the brown sugar and get out of your comfort zone when it comes to winter squash.
We started clearing space for a packing shed. All summer we washed and prepped your vegetables outside, rain or shine. Having a place to keep ourselves and the produce out of the elements is important as we move forward and improve our CSA. Eric’s father helped excavate some material and outline the area where we will begin construction this fall.
This week on the farm we started with the fall clean-up. Getting everything tucked away and picked up before this beautiful weather turns into piles of white snow. Yes, it’s coming. Don’t deny it.
In denial that winter could be here tomorrow,
Eric & Rebecca