Sunday, October 08, 2006

Finishing Up the Harvest

Well, fall feels like it left, and winter is in the air. This photo was taken a couple of days ago, and after a night with 40 mph gusts of wind, there are now hardly any leaves left on the trees. I think the prediction was for a high today in the low 50's.

It would be a good day for walking in the woods and crunching leaves, but it's a little bit chilly outside for me! Guess I haven't adjusted yet to the major weather change. Yesterday we were walking around in short sleeved shirts.

Just before our first frost, our friend Steve helped us by covering the rebar and remaking our hoop house. We used it to store our produce that I haven't had time to process. Notice the tomatoes; I have lots of work to do yet!

I've never worked with hubbard squash before, and these are monsters! I will need some boy power to help me with these. The pumpkins are sugar pumpkins, and I am told they make great pie filling. We also have acorn and butternut squash to process.

Here's another crop that came in yesterday. Andrew and David harvested our sunflower seeds, and they were sure covered with a very sticky residue. Looks like we need to buy some Goo Gone.

Looking forward to snacking on those sunflower seeds!


Marci said...

I am probably wrong, but the trailer the boys are working in sure looks like a manure spreader!! =)

What are you going to do with the Hubbards?

Lynn said...

That trailer is what we use in place of a truck -- it's a small utility trailer. Of course, we have moved sheep manure with it ...

I don't know what I'm going to do with the hubbard squash! Do you have any suggestions? I've never seen what the insides look like! I've been too busy giving them away, so I don't have to process as many.

Becky said...

I enjoyed your pictures, thanks for sharing them.

Your Hubbard squash might require a saw for cutting. That's what people do around here. I've even heard about people using a chainsaw on them, but I'm not sure if that's true or somebody joking around. A non-chainsaw type of saw is true though. Maybe even a table saw? Hubbard are very tasty, but nearly impossible to cut into with just a knife.

Benjamin said...

What beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing! I've never tasted hubbard either, but one of those large squash would probably do me for a year!! We have butternut, acorn and buttercup here that we are enjoying - my little garden here provided us with almost 2 dozen squash so with those and the ones Curtis gave us we'll be set for squash for a while.
Sunflower seeds - yum!

HomesteadHerbs said...

Goodness- look at all that produce! And the Hubbard squash- I've never seen anything like it before.

I had no idea that sunflowers gave off some goo....I learn something new every day!