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.
Last 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
My 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.
And onions. Lots of beautiful onions.
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.
Lois also raises heritage Wensleydale sheep for their beautiful wool. You can browse her selection of fiber products here.
After picking a tub of apples, Levi and Charlotte got to help load the hopper with fruit.
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?