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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 19, October 9
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 00:00

Sugar MapleGreetings, Friends,

It started to really feel like fall as the temperatures dropped this past weekend; we spotted smoking chimneys at a few of our neighbors’ houses around the valley and our Sugar Maple tree is turning lovely autumnal colors. The chickens peck through the fallen leaves looking for insects and worms. The hens had a surge in egg production in August/September, but they’ve backed it down to less than an egg a day again. At the winter solstice when daylight hours begin to increase, consequently, so will their laying habits. We are looking forward to it. Winter around here means omelets and lots of baked goods.

KabochaIf you haven’t cooked with the Kabocha squash yet, here’s a Roasted Kabocha Squash soup recipe we recently tried. Delicious! Use your own homemade stock, don’t leave out the apples, and be sure to add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a tiny drop of ground clove. You won’t be disappointed if you add some cream or half and half to round it out. We made the soup twice – first with our own Kabocha and the following week with Butternut squash from the farmer’s market. The latter was good, but it was lacking in the sweetness and richness we loved about the first batch. If you find Kabocha at farmer’s markets (some varieties are green), grab 1-2 for Thanksgiving pies.

Lara and LavenderSome of you may remember that this time last year, we had already seen the last of the flowers. I’m thrilled to have so many of the plants still blooming in spite of the cold nights. We’re happy to be able to include flowers up until the very end of the CSA this year!

Next week is our final delivery of shares for 2012. I can hardly believe it!

 

See you then,
--Calliope & Jim