Autumnal Scenes

October 10, 2013 · 2 comments

harvesting apples and pumpkins // Wayward Spark

Well, fall is here for realz. We’ve mostly gotten over mourning the loss of summer and are now embracing all things autumnal. Delicata squash, leeks, and kale are back in our regular meal rotations. I tried to hold off on those three because I know that’s mostly what I’ll be eating for the next six months, but I do love them so.

Here are a couple random fall-ish things:

Have you read this decorative gourd bit from McSweeney’s (not for the easily offended)? It was published in 2009, so I don’t know how it’s possible that I’d never seen it until a couple weeks ago. I’d quote you a couple of my favorite lines, but it’s so hilariously inappropriate that I’ll just let you read it for yourselves.

Espe Floral is doing what looks like a really cool foraged wreath making workshop on the south Washington coast that I’d really like to attend. I kinda have a thing for wreaths, but I could still use some extra hands-on instruction. Espe is running an Instagram giveaway for a spot in the class as well as a night’s stay at the Sou’Wester Lodge + Cabins. Last time I checked, only a handful of folks had entered, so get to it folks. You can find more details about everything here.

A couple years ago, I shared my mom’s recipe for pumpkin bread (aka best pumpkin bread EVER) on this here blog. ‘Tis the season. You should make it soon.

winter squash // Wayward Spark

winter squash harvest // Wayward SparkLast Thursday, there was a treat of frost looming, so my mom was in a crunch to get all her winter squash out of the field and under cover. Henry and I had a few hours of free time, so we all headed over to “The Other Place” to clip stems and haul squash to the shed. Levi, Charlotte, and my little niece Beatrix played in the truck and ate a lot

winter squash // Wayward SparkMy mom has five kinds of squash this year: delicate, buttercup, ambercup/scarlet kabocha, green kabocha, and gray kabocha. She’ll have them all for sale at the Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market every week until Thanksgiving as well as the Fill Your Pantry event on November 3rd at the Community Center of the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis.

pumpkin // Wayward Spark

pumpkins // Wayward SparkShe also has about a million jack-o-lanterns that she’d love to sell you at the farmers’ market for the next three weeks.

red onions at Oven & Earth Farm // Wayward Spark

And onions. Lots of beautiful onions.

apple cider pressing party // Wayward Spark

On Saturday, we headed over to the neighbors’ place for an old fashioned cider pressing party. Lois Olund (who rescues me whenever I have kidding trouble) and Joseph Postman (who toured me around the USDA Germ Plasm Repository in my hunt for quince last fall) own Blakesley Creek Farm just down the hill from us. Joseph has a pretty serious orchard full of dozens of different apple varieties, and the bounty is way more than two people could ever consume. Nearly every year, they invite everyone they know over to pick and press apples. It’s a good time.

Blakesley Creek Farm // Wayward Spark

Lois also raises heritage Wensleydale sheep for their beautiful wool. You can browse her selection of fiber products here.

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apple cider pressing party // Wayward Spark

After picking a tub of apples, Levi and Charlotte got to help load the hopper with fruit.

apple cider pressing party // Wayward Sparkcider pressing party // Wayward Spark

A team of party goers pressed many many gallons of cider over the course of the afternoon. The health department may have frowned on the conditions, but we brought home a gallon of the good stuff to enjoy, so no complaints here!

What’s shaking in your neighborhood? You have any fun fall activities or fall-themed recipes I should know about?


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Leah October 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

I love the decorative gourd essay from McSweeney’s! Probably this means I have a terrible sense of humor. At least I’m in good company?


Heather October 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Oh! I have a sweater knitted of yarn from Lois’s flock! I love it when the internet makes the great big world into a smaller place. (It’s fantastic yarn, by the way. These sheeps are fantastic at producing lovely wool.)


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