Being an avid vegetable gardener, I was very interested in a program that the local school district is doing to help children learn about food production and preparation. It looks like it was a great success. Go to https://whidbeyschoolgardens.wordpress.com/ to see the results.
We did have a wonderful year for the vegetables. We have been giving lots to the local foodbank and friends. The tomatoes were especially productive and we have definitely eaten our fill. We also have several dozen bottles of various tomato products sitting in the root cellar shelves. The Brussels Sprouts are just ready now as we have just had our first frost (a very late one this year) and now they will be sweeter to eat. The leeks are wonderful too. We will have those fresh all winter.
The gold nugget squashes are sitting safe from mice and rats and we can eat those for the entire winter. They will probably be gone by spring and we must have had about fifty of them. Gave quite a few away too. We like these in particular as they are just the right size for two people. Though I like baked squash, hubbards and their kind are just too big. I have tried baking them and putting them in the freezer, but it is just too much, so we have settled on the gold nugget. They are sweet, very yellow and are also suitable for making pies. I cut them in half and fill with sausage or sausage and cornbread dressing, or just with butter and brown sugar. Yum.
Well the dark days of winter are here and some days I am not sure the sun has even come up. Today we will have sunrise at 7:48 a.m. and sunset at 4:15 p.m. Not a very long day, especially when you almost need flashlights during the day. All the lights are on in the house just to help us stay awake.
I am on my way out to chop firewood again. With this cold snowy weather, we have burned quite a bit of wood to keep warm. Now it is time to warm myself working outdoors splitting it. It is something I have written about previously in this blog and something I do enjoy.
Happy Holidays and keep warm!