Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gourd-eous weather

After a very light, scattered frost on Friday night we've had more warm summer weather. Nothing was badly damaged, though a couple leaves of basil got brown spots. It was damp enough to keep most things safe. We've had a few showers during the past week, but the ground is still dry. Fortuneately, we are done with the major parts of the harvesting. On Sunday I brought in some of my fancy lagenaria gourds. Pictured here are some African wine kettles.

Saturday was the last day of the farm stand being open. Aunt Laurie was busy that day, and our neighbor Shawn who helps out stayed around the whole day in order to say goodbye to all the customers. On Monday Aunt Laurie said, "I think this is the first lunch since July 20th that I haven't had to go out again to wait on a customer." She still is around this week putting stuff away and helping to sort tomatoes, but that's it.

Monday was the last day of sweet corn. Dad no longer has to go out as soon as it's light to pick before going to work. There are plenty of things to pick after work, and less daylight to do it in. The late tomatoes are still producing. Mom is picking peppers, though there are not as many; they slow down in cool weather. Lettuce, on the other hand, is growing really well. Fall cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are also coming in. With all of that produce plus pumpkins, gourds, and all the different kinds of winder squash, it's difficult to find room on the table!