Hello, friends. Though there's still plenty to do, the garden is showing signs of slowing down. Last week, I prepped and froze pawpaws, and froze tomatoes. I made onion powder from dehydrated onions, and dried another round in the dehydrator. Early one morning, there was a box turtle hanging out in front of J's shop. They had the prettiest shell markings. I'm always cheered to see them visit us. I harvested squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, butter beans, cowpeas, eggplant, peppers, pawpaws, and green beans.
I made a small batch of cowboy candy with the gifted hot peppers, using a Jackie Clay recipe. There were quite a few ghost peppers in the bunch, which got both J & I coughing. Hopefully, they didn't make the cowboy candy unbearably hot. I guess it depends on who's eating it. Though I've shared it here before, I thought it was worth mentioning Disappearing Zucchini Orzo again, in case any of you still have plenty of squash to use up, as we do. I use at least 2# of squash per recipe, use GF orzo, leave out the cheese, use homegrown herbs, and substitute tromboncino for zucchini. It is tastier with the cheese, but we do what we must, and it's still pretty good. Sweet potato slices were dehydrated for the pups, which finally used up all of last year's potatoes.
I harvested the first of the mature tromboncino, as their vines had died, and plan to use them grated for dog and chicken food. Two of the mature cucuzza squash were harvested, and I've begun feeding the dogs and chickens with one of them. Still having plenty of jars of canned green beans, I froze some this time, and also froze more figs and tomatoes. I shared squash with J's two coworkers twice. Honeydew and watermelon were enjoyed as late summer treats. Some were shared as well. We'll be enjoying these last precious days of summer, until the Fall equinox this coming Thursday. There are 40's in the forecast the following day, to bring in cozy Fall days. I hope you're well, friends.