Saturday, October 29, 2011

Winter Squash and Pumpkin Harvest

Delicata, Acorn, Butternut, and Spaghetti Squash and Sugar Pumpkins
It's really starting to feel like fall around here, and fall means time to harvest winter squash. We have several kinds, and our CSA members will be seeing this lovely cornucopia in their weekly bags starting soon. First, though, we leave them to cure in the sun for about a week. Curing helps preserve them longer, and it makes for a nice fall decoration.

Winter squashes are so called because they keep for so well throughout the winter. They grow during the summer, but are allowed to mature until their skin gets hard, whereas a summer squash (e.g., zucchini) is harvested immature when its skin is still soft, and the seeds have not been fully formed.

The boy next door worked very hard around the farm to earn his pumpkin of choice. He happily harvested this beauty this week.

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