|Okay, I'm giving in...goodbye summer...|
The summer of 2014 will be remembered by the Colvin family as a great year of learning the balance of farming for CSA and the eight farmer's markets we serve...
The year of my accident here on the farm...the helicopter taking me to Chattanooga for emergency treatment...and the long road of recovery that has lasted most of the growing season.
|The summer of several good bean harvests...|
|The summer loved bloomed for my young men that had waited "patiently" on God for His provision...|
|After a hard 2013, we had plenty for CSA, and on table sales!|
|We're thankful for a great melon season.|
|For the first time ever we've been able to harvest and dry the whole garlic crop!|
I'm proud of you boys!
|We're delighted with our greatest melon year|
|2014 will also be known as the year|
of the abundant okra harvests!
|2014 was a year to sell out of shares early. We really appreciate allllll our faithful share|
holders that have supported our growing
|Peppers galore! We've had all sizes,|
shapes, and tastes.
|We won several awards for our "best tasting"|
|All we can say is that God has been|
very good to us, and blessed our farm.
But now, it's fall...and I'm switching mental gears.
|The winter squash have been around awhile, but|
now they are part of my kitchen decorations, and
it just feels right somehow.
|My personal favorite of the winter squash is|
acorn. They look pretty in fall decorations
|This picture was taken two weeks ago, so there|
is more color now than there was then. We've been
having coool nights and mild days. That's the perfect
recipe for fall colors!
|The squirrels are busy too!|
|Use Butternut Squash in any recipe that calls for pumpkin. Click this link for directions from my blog on how to bake them easily for use. After baking them you can scoop them out into freezer bags in 2 cup portions as this is the amount most recipes call for.|
Here is another of our family's favorites that can be made with pumpkin or squash. It's called Pumpkin Roll, but I also make it in mini angle flood pans for individual desserts. These too sell out at our markets in Crossville. Any that may happen to bring home are quickly divided up at the next meal. I also make them for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Roll/ Pumpkin Roll Cake
2/3 C. Pumpkin
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
3/4 C. self rising flour (I make my own)
1 C. sugar
3. Add spices. Mix well.
4. Add flour, mix.
5. Pour into pan and bake at 375 degrees till toothpick inserted comes out clean. (Watch the edges of a thin jelly roll as they burn easily.)
6. Place the pumpkin roll onto a thin towel that has been dusted with confectioners sugar. Roll the towel up to cool. Refrigerate the roll for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
6B. Place the cake onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
Directions for Pumpkin Roll Cake~ Using a piece of dental floss, cut the cake in half horizontally. Place top half onto the cooling rack. Place the bottom onto the cake plate. Spread a good layer of the filling (below) onto the cut side. Place the top onto the cake. Spread filling over the top, and let it "fall over" the sides. (I do not frost the sides usually.) Garnish the top with a few pecans for a finished look. Serve.
Directions for a Pumpkin Roll ~ Unroll the towel containing your roll cake. Spread filling over the cake and reroll. (Careful, mine crack easily) Sprinkle with confectioners sugar. "Glue" a few pecans in the center of the roll with some filling. This is an extra special Thanksgiving treat on the farm.
Pumpkin Roll/Cake Filling
1 C. chopped nuts (we use Pecans)
1 C. Confectioners Sugar
1, 8 oz. Cream cheese
1 tablespoon Butter
3 T. Vanilla
1. Cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla till light.
2. Add confectioners sugar a little at a time. Whip well.
3. Add chopped nuts. Either mix by hand or on slow speed.
Well, now my secret fall recipes are out...but here are a few more ideas I use.
1. Make pumpkin cinnamon rolls by spicing up well drained pumpkin and using it for the filling.
2. Make pumpkin muffins to go with your hearty fall stews and soups. They really round out a meal and fill the "hole" in hungry men.
3. Simply fill a casserole dish with mashed pumpkin or winter squash, and top with mixture of ground nuts, oatmeal, cinnamon, brown sugar (optional), and butter. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
|Fall means muffin season in the farmhouse.|
We made our first batch of the season this week. Faith Anne made "Wilder Muffins" (thanks again Madeline). She shook some cinnamon sugar on top for a yummy treat for supper.
|Look for your fall favorites at your market this weekend. They make great decorations now, and then winter treats later!|