Well we are easing out of production and enjoying harvesting the fruits of our labor. A few months back, I was opposed to displaying pumpkins at the wedding, but look at what a beautiful diverse array of varieties we have here. We may just have to bring a few. Below this pile of squash are bags of Seminole squash from Texas. The seeds were given to us from Myra, Ben’s Aunt, we look forwarding to serving those at the wedding eve dinner. Also tucked under the pile of pumpkins are Butternut Squash. The Butternut Squash will be turned into a soup for the Reception and served with….
… Winter Radish Slaw
Some of the winter radish will get more of an experimental experience, they will be fried into chips with turnips and carrots (not pictured). Sweet potatoes (pictured below), will also be fried into chips. These chips will be an appetizer. I wish I kept better record of the sweet potato varieties…
Sweet potatoes are one of my absolute favorite crops to grow. First, I could eat one a day and never get sick of them. Second, as long as you can keep the deer away and weeds down you will get a good harvest. As long as you grab them before the mice. We had some significant interference from all three, but with a 100ft row, we will have plenty for the wedding and also for the winter.
Oh fall greens, you are always so bright, crisp, and nourishing. We have had some good luck with our salad greens. We got the seed in right before a rainy period and didn’t have to put too much work into it.
We will have plenty of salad, so no one will go hungry. On the salad we will do some spring radish pictured below.
In the Spring I planted out 12 varieties of cherry tomatoes, I seeded them in late April in hopes of having them last through the growing season into the Fall. So far, everything is growing as planned. We will harvest these and they will be served as an appetizer, caprese bites.
Of Course, the flowers are still blooming, so much in fact that I didn’t take the time to upload all the flowers that are still rocking it…. It is tempting to harvest a ton of fresh flowers for the wedding, but I have about 3 truckloads of dried flowers set back, so I will focus on greens, roots, and tomato harvest first.
Pictured below on the right are Strawflower garlands that have been wrapped up in a spool. Thanks Aly for the great idea and for tracking down the perfect spool!
Very pleased that everything is still looking so good at this point in the season. Just ignore the weeds. :)
Well ya’ll we are down to the wire two weeks left until the wedding day. Very excited to harvest all these precious bits and share them with my family and friends. This growing season has brought me such joy and reminded me that this work gives me a practically endless source of energy, drive, and passion that seems to well up from the abyss.