I have been inspired by Stew at Seasons in the Valley
to bring you a bit of a local agriculture report. I'm a farm kid at heart, you know.
There are lots of different crops here, and I'm getting ready to be gone to Duluth for a few days, but I'll bring you a few pictures today. And it will be the Curcubitas (squash and relatives).
The two I expected to find are setting fruit and beginning to ripen. Most commonly found around here are fields of pumpkins. Can you find the big green one hiding in the leaves? No orange yet- too early. There are still blossoms!
The other expected one looks like this.
Care to hazard a guess? These are closer to being ripe, but probably two months before they harvest them. It's butternut squash.
However, this one was a mystery to me. I called in the experts (namely Chuck of Secondary Roads
) to find out what it was. I sure never saw anything that grows like that! Turns out, I have eaten it, though, compliments of Chuck and Sylvia, so he easily enlightened me.
This is orange zucchini. I would have thought this was a novelty vegetable (technically, squash is a fruit), but here is a HUGE field of it. The tractors and crates were circled at the edges, so they are getting ready to harvest. It sort of looks like it will be harvested by hand. Not sure, but there were carts like people ride to pick asparagus.
Anyway, it sure grows funny! And the leaves are awesome. I stole two. Shhh. They were right on the edge of the field, broken off a plant. One was very small and one was half rotten, so I don't think they'll be missed. They are being transformed into bread as I type. (And it made good bread- I just had a piece)
They don't really taste as good as regular zucchini, so I have to wonder where all this orange bounty is headed.
Me, I have to hit the road in the morning. As early as I can. Well, this is me. It won't be THAT early!