It’s week 16 – the last week promised, but we are going another week!!! Yes!
There may be other winter squashes this week: You know about butternut, and I think most of you got one last week, you’ll also recognize the ribbed, dark green Acorn with it’s nutty-sweet, somewhat stringy flesh; dark green with gray button on the blossom end Buttercup squash with its deep orange, thick and sweet flesh; pale yellow and very sweet fleshed Delicata/Sweet Dumpling types – Delicata being the long, cream colored squash with green stripes, Sweet Dumpling a small, squatty fruit with the same markings as Delicata, and Carnival, the multicolor Sweet Dumpling; Scarlet Kabocha are becoming our new favorite with their smooth, sweet and bright orange flesh. All are fabulous baked (you can even stab the Delicata or Sweet Dumpling and microwave for 5 mins for a quick fix) and the Buttercup, Kabocha and Butternut are all conducive to many of the winter squash recipes you’ll come across. Don’t forget about the usefulness of a sugar pumpkin when rifling your recipes.
If that wasn’t crystal clear ;^) check out last week’s blog (Week 15) where I posted a winter squash picture with numbers and everything!
The box contents definitely say ‘Fall’ and inspire one to be making warm soups and hearty stews. Also, what smell better than some kind of baked apple dish when the weather turns cool. The corn and tomatoes are the last vestiges of warm summer days and we all should be relishing every last bite—it’s along time until July! The best thing about the cooler weather is the broccoli, cabbage , kale—al the cole crops, get even sweeter and more delightful.
We are planning one more week. I love when we go more that 16 weeks—it’s like a bonus.
Next week will be the last week for all pickups. It has been a wonderful season. No complaints about he heat of the dry, though at this point, if we’d had a little water there’d be more greens and some spinach. No biggy. I’d rather have all the other stuff!!!
Yes, you are still welcome out to the farm. Some foliage is turning and quite stunning now. There are still lots of solid green trees, so I think the color will be continuous for the next few weeks. My favorite is to see the color of the cabbage and broccoli fields against an orange and yellow backdrop. FABULOUS!
The cows have been moved closer to the house; it is lots of fun to see them every day, as well as this season’s calves kicking up their heals and running amok.
We just got some really upsetting news this week: we installed a new septic system four years ago and it started to show signs of failing the second year. Our installer would not and has not gotten back to us or our engineer, so, long story short, the specialist says our installer used the wrong sand. If you have any advice for us, or the name of a lawyer who might be able to help, that would be great. We’ll be trying to figure out how to have the entire thing replaced and there is no way we can afford it a second time. OY!
Don’t forget our main means of communication off season is through emails. If you have changed your email, or you were not on my online newsletter list last winter, please take a minute and update your email address online and with me.
Subscribe to the Stillman’s newsletter I’ll keep you posted about what’s happening on the farm and signing up for next season. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you feel like you were dropped from the list or just to touch base.
Curtis will be in touch if you have signed up for the winter CSA. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first pickup was October 30th..so keep your eyes peeled for that email.
Eat well, Geneviève Stillman