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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 16, September 18
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:00

Rainy Day Greetings,

Sunflower 2012Summer is driving off in a convertible with a bright green scarf around her head and a box of tomatoes in the back seat. We are less than a month away from the first frost! Lettuce that grew in just a few weeks in June and July is now taking time and a half to reach maturity. The soil temperatures are cooling slowly, but there is still much life in the high tunnel. Sunflowers I planted in August and didn't expect to bloom, have opened their golden and bronze petals and are in the buckets today.

 

The Autumnal Equinox is 4 days away and it’s followed a week and a day later by the Full Corn or Full Harvest Moon. On several nights surrounding it, the moon will appear full and bright, weather-permitting. Fall is the time to begin the inward transition, and local, seasonal foods tend toward root vegetables and foods that store well indoors, and you'll see some of those soon. We have one remaining potato variety to share with you: Peruvian Purple, a very late-season, peanut-shaped deep purple fingerling potato. In the remaining weeks ahead, we’ll also have parsnips, purple carrots, and cool-weather greens that are an iron-rich addition to soups.

Emeril's Squash ChowderIf you haven’t cooked with the Kabocha Squash yet, we suggest this recipe: Winter Squash Chowder. We’ve been making this for about 7-8 years as a cool-weather staple. You can lessen the bacon and cream amounts to make it lighter, or do away with them entirely. I made a pot on Sunday and the sweetness of the Kabocha was intoxicating! No need for brown sugar. It really is the best variety of winter squash we’ve tried. I hope to make a pie with it in November.

Happy New Season,
--Calliope & Jim