The garden is still lovely, although the colors are fading and no new flowers are blooming. I saw a hummingbird this afternoon, probably the last one until spring. This afternoon as I took my walk through the garden, I missed the humming of the bees in the background.
The potato crop was a success, and I should have quite a few to get us through the winter. These are the Yukon Golds, not pictured are the Cranberries, French Fingerlings, and Russian Bananas. We also planted russets, but their plants have not died back all the way yet, and I don't think they are ready to dig.
Apples for sale at the store! Most of these were grown right on our farm, and this is the first year we have had a good crop of them. I have several boxes of apples waiting for me, as soon as I get a chance I will be turning them in to apple sauce.
Winter squash! The butternut are my favorite for making in to squash fries, but the bright orange Uchikuri are delicious as well. I usually roast them with butter, and then in the last 15 minutes of cooking I top them with a mixture of browned butter, breadcrumbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese. So, so delicious!
Pumpkins are now ripe, and although it is not a great crop, we are glad they ripened in time for the pumpkin patch to open! Last year, it was the second week of October before they were ready. My son is our harvesting pie pumpkins right now, and I am hoping to actually can some this year. I love pumpkin goodies, especially pumpkin hazelnut bread! I am making myself hungry now, but it is time to finish my coffee and get back to kitchen clean up! Happy Fall!