Coldest morning of the fall so far here in Maryland. I stayed tucked in bed as long as I could. Then, I made bacon. Fortified by that, I headed out to the library and the market. I used to worry about getting to the market early so I didn’t miss out on the good stuff, but I like going later. The music today was really good again — Swampcandy. I’d seen him before at the Night Cat. His first song (at around 10 a.m.) was about drinking whiskey. Cheers to him.
Here’s what I got:
- Smoked salmon salad
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green pepper
- Bison filet
- Maple pork sausage links
I quizzed Crystal at C&D Produce about what pumpkin would be best for soup. I had selected one that I thought would be fun to display on my porch before I cooked it — it had little orange “knuckles” all over it. She said that particular type would be hard to cut and wouldn’t have a lot of flesh. She suggested that I buy a neck pumpkin instead, explaining that they are the type that are used for canning pumpkin. She showed me how to cut it and bake it to get to the flesh. The bulb at the end is like a cantaloupe and the seeds are there. The neck can be chopped into sections and then halved and baked. I can’t wait to try it! It’s sitting on my porch in the meantime.
Not sure how I’m going to prepare the bison filet yet, but that will be dinner and will most likely involve the mushrooms and some bacon.
It got down to 34 degrees last night according to my phone. Not quite freezing, but close enough to start killing off my basil, even inside the little greenhouse covering on the VegTrug. I snipped off the dead part and took a couple of clippings to try and root them in water.
My kale is almost ready to harvest — about another week. These are the old plants, which regrew when I cut them back to the ground. The new ones haven’t really gotten past the seedling stage. The spinach I bought is growing slowly but surely. I still don’t have enough for a side salad though.
I did a few fall clean-up items around the yard — disconnected the hose and spooled it, trimmed dead stalks off some of my hostas. I figure my flowers outside (the summer ones) aren’t long for this world if the cold night temperatures continue. I cut a pitcher full of black-eyed susans, cosmos buds and some purple wildflower that I can’t identify. Might as well enjoy them while they last!
I’m considering planting some garlic now for next summer. Haven’t gotten any further than considering it though.