yellow crookneck


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Code orange has ended. We have now moved into code brown-but-also-red-and-green. I image that once your Halloween festivities have ended, you’re left with oodles of pumpkins that sit on your porch, and if carved they begin caving in as a sad testament to those who try to make faces of Darth Vader spooky. I have personal experience with this. My family does things a little differently, as we no longer carve our pumpkins. Instead, we leave them whole and strategically place them around the porch to complement fall decorations. We might have a mild problem, as I lost count how many we had after a dozen of all different sizes.

I think the largest was 50lbs?

It was mine. It’s what I lift weights for.

Anyways, you might have a few left-over pumpkins. Or squash, you might have been drawn to pretty little yellow crooknecks. Unfortunately the freeze came early this year, so all of ours have turned into pumpkin-pops. If you happen to have a few edible ones that are still salvageable, such as acorn or sugar pumpkins, even some healthy squash, might I recommend eating them? Boil em’, mash em’, stick em’ in a stew. Or curry, curry is good too. This recipe is vegan, but you can make it more omnivore-friendly by replacing the veggie stock with chicken broth, and adding some pre-cooked chicken or white fish at the end.

The recipe is under the cut.

-MJ & K

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A few green (and red and yellow!) things around the farm right now!

Got a slow start with the garden this year but so far so good! Already been picking lots of pretty radishes and lettuce greens!

This year I planted sweet corn, couple kinds of indian and ornamental corn, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, cucumber, swiss chard, rainbow chard, kale, iceberg lettuce, romaine, arugula, carrots, couple kinds of onions, radishes, beets, green beans, snap peas, several different kinds of tomatoes (ten of which are volunteer plants that came up in the garden before I first tilled it up so it’ll be a surprise to see what kind they are!), okra, butternut squash, several kinds of peppers, sunflowers, and some zinnias amidst the sunflowers for a pop of color, and a bunch of different kinds of gourds. Got grapes, apples, and pears coming along too. And looooads of wild blackberries.

I also have a volunteer pumpkin patch that is growing like crazy at the far end of the garden. They all sprouted from the guts of my pumpkins I used in this fall display I had in front of my house last Halloween. I love those variegated leaves!


More garden shots! First one is of the lovely Miss Spot inspecting the corn for bugs. 

Also pictured are a bowl full of tasty green beans, squash, zucchini, and eggs from Spot and the other Nuggets, then we have some Rainbow Swiss Chard (love that stuff!), a pumpkin that came up in my compost bed (I think it may be one of those big ones that get “warts” all over them), baby Indian corn peeking out, and a jungle of different kinds of beets.

All together I planted, peaches and cream corn, Indian corn, yellow water melon, potatoes, several different kinds of tomatoes, green beans, muskmelons, butternut squash, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, okra, sunflowers, beets, parsnips, rainbow chard, pumpkins, carrots, radishes, and probably some other things I’m forgetting, haha.