Farm news, Sept 18/2023

We’ll have the following veggies to choose from for CSA this week: Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, carrots, beets, potato, onion, squash, turnip, radish, celery, leek, tomato, pepper, beans, dill, cilantro, parsley, hot pepper, green onion.

On the farm this week:

We had a serious frost last week and it surprised me as I was not expecting it to be so soon or so hard. The frost means our cucumber and zucchini season has come to an end. As you can see below, the cucumbers have seen better days

But the end of cucumbers means the beggining of squash season – and by that I mean pumpkin pie season! Because any squash can make a pumpkin pie and that’s really the only thing they should be used for in my opinion. Pictured below in our greenhouse we have:

From left front to back: butternut, spaghetti,

From middle front to back: pie pumpkin, blue and pink kobacho, green kabocho, acorn

From right front to back: blue hubbard, kobacho, buttercup, orange hubbard

Because we have a few different types of squash; I will briefly describe them all to you so you can know what you’re eating!

Butternut: It’s a classic for soups but makes an excellent pumpkin pie.

Pie Pumpkin – Its’ a classic for pies, but makes a a great butternut soup!

Orange hubbard –    It’s teardrop shape will help distinguish it from the  red kobacha which is flat and round.   It’s good for purees bc it’s specks of skin will not show. Or– you can make a pie!

Blue hubbard – Sweet  bright orange fiberless flesh.  Skin is tender compared to other hubbards making it easier to cut.  It’s good for soups and PIES.

spaghetti – Makes great spaghetti! Is good baked and the insides scooped out. Add pasta sauce or butter and garlic. I’ve never tried it in a pie. if someone has please let me know!

Red Kobacha:  Tender flesh is smooth, sweet and bright orange for baking, mashing and pies.  They’re flat and round which distiguishes them from the orange hubbard

Buttercup: Have deep orange fiberless flesh with a rich sweet flavor. They’re flat round and dark green.

Acorn: Easy to cut in half and bake with butter and maple syrup.

Delicata:  very sweet and good for stuffing and baking.Also, for fun we planted some big pumpkins, and I’m not sure what to do with them now. So, if you want to win a pumpkin, guess which one of these things are not like the other?

And finally, we are cleaning out the big greenhouse to plant our winter greens this week! Here’s Morgan and Emerson who collapsed on the pile of cucumbers plants after pulling out all the tomatoes and cucumbers out of this big greenhouse. The greens we plant in here this week we will be harvest in November and December.

That’s it for this week,

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Sandra, Tessa, Morgan, Alyssa, Emerson, Leslie,