|Lucas as the Super Zombie Pumpkin he is known to be,|
|and here he is with a bat face|
|Nate went as a T rex vampire...|
|Our table at the market adorned with funky popcorn and black beans|
|Monstrous Hubbard squash and Kakai pumpkins(which produce the best pepitas for roasting)|
|Rhutabega, leeks, kale, turnips and cabbage- soup anyone?|
The nights have been cold and the days are short. Everything is settling down for the long winter's sleep. I watch the turkeys and chickens instinctively gobble up the whole corn first and the grain second. The corn adds more fat to their bones which helps them keep warm over the cold months. It also makes them tastier- that golden fat bastes their crisp flesh nicely in the oven- just don't tell them that. We have hunkered down to venison stew, leek and potato soup, two doses of chicken noodle soup (because we have currently have a family cold), and had our first taste of this years lamb (from our Amish friends). This is the time of year when we bid adieu to the tender produce and say hello to meat. We still eat our fare share of storage vegetables, and whatever greens I can still grow in the greenhouse or sprout in the house but meat becomes a little more of a staple. We like the farm animals, need a little more protein to last those long winter nights.