|Dozens of pumpkins, small and large, are now on display in our front yard.|
|August 31st's Blue Moon.|
Warm, sunny days are great for our favorite harvest of the year: pumpkins! We filled the wheelbarrow several times making trips from the pumpkin patch to our front yard where dozens of the orange fruits sit on display until we are ready to use them in culinary treats. According to research on the topic, pumpkin seeds are more nutritious than the fruit's meaty orange flesh, but because of its low-calorie value and high concentration of vitamins like beta-carotene, this flavorful food is an all-around winner. Our largest pumpkin (a 'Prizewinner' variety) is still ripening on the vine and will be moved up in a few weeks.
|This funny-looking gourd (center) is actually |
a winter squash of the 'Cucurbita moschata' family.
Our local apple harvest has finished; our fourth-year trees are still juveniles with many hopeful years of bigger and more abundant harvests. 'Heritage' red raspberries are producing heavily. Tomato vines and pepper plants are still setting fruit, and we are pulling more carrots to supplement meals as just about everything else has finished. Green beans on the bush now are being saved for seed.
Happy Labor Day y'all!
|Fouth-year apple tree well branched and finished with harvest,|
catches some morning rays in front of the pumpkin patch.