I wish you all could come by and walk the lot with me at Stoney's Produce. I'd show you Fairlytale pumpkins, and peanut pumpkins, big red bumpy pumpkins called Victors, neck pumpkins, green drying gourds and more. I'd show you the smiles on the faces of pansy. And you's see the prettiest mums you have ever seen in your life, from huge to small in every color and size flower. I'd show you the green wire wreath I mossed and planted with pansy and plopped a pumpkin in the middle of (pic to be added tonight of that, I forgot to take one), and the basket that has ivy twisted on the handle, planted with violas and pansy peaking through it
We would walk inside the produce barn where apples are plentiful and I'd show you Hayman sweet potatoes, and maybe even hot roasted cashews will have arrived and we can grab a little cupful to munch as we walk and talk. You'd see tomatoes that taste like a tomato.
And how could you resist some local honey with the comb in it for chewing on to cure a sore throat in winter, or a jar of apple or pumpkin butter, or pickles that are to die for.
a small bumpy red Victor pumpkin/squash takes up residence in a cast iron urn used in the garden the rest of the year, a peanut pumpkin is the center pumpkin (pinkish orange with crusty bumps on the outside that resemble peanuts. Often these pumpkins are covered completely with the peanut look but I perfer them to show the color of their skin and have only a few...I used several kinds of pumpkins here, a "one too many pumpkin (a delightful specimen of a pumpkin that has white skin with green and red and orange veining seen throughout the entire skin.
You would smell the scent of lavender bundles as you walk through the door and wonder what the scent was that the sweet annie faintly gives off.
My favorite wire basket holds the largest paperwhite bulbs available to buy and this glass vase holds them beginning their forcing into bloom for Thanksgiving. Around it is a small wreath of harvest grains and in the center of the wreath lay some more loose bulbs...decorating naturally is what I love to do...using what the earth provides to create.
And there are Pomegrantes bagged to purchase (which always make me think of Mrs, Pom of course :-) along with dried artichoke, and mini dried tiny gourds, all of which can be used to create a bowl of fall abundance like this one below
Tasha's own goat milk soap comes in many variety and once you have used it you will wonder why you've ever bought any kind of commercially manufactured soap. Its pure its natural and its made with goats milk by my freind Maureen Anderson who raises her own goats and milks them.
A basket of field grown gomphrenia and crocks of different dried flowers are here and there.
I'd show you how okra grows and we'd walk to the field that once was thousands of zinnia flowers where now just a few volunteers from seeds are in bloom and the rest of the field grows the most beautiful collards and kale They wait for a frost to be sweetened and then cut, though some are asking for them already and we do cut when they want them.
Before we leave I have to turn out the lights in the coop
lock the door behind me and say goodnight little coop, see you in the morning light. I'll have to feed Meriweather her last bottle of the day and tuck her in for the night along with Harper, Maddie and Sugarbaby.
We could go out to dinner or I could make you crabcakes out of jumbo lump crabmeat along with steamed shrimp, and broiled scallops wrapped in bacon.
It doesn't get fresher than this from the sea which comes in daily. Our crabmeat is not homogenized like you get in the grocery store and our sea scallops are what are called dry scallops, in their own juice, and the shrimp collossal..ALL to die for! However this is the last weeknd for seafood for the season so I guess you know what I will preparing for my family for dinner tonight. It's SOOOOOOOOOO good!
Hope you enjoyed your virtual day with me.
Visit your local farmers market this weekend during the season of grateful abundance. Take time to notice ever kind of pumpkin they have. Notice the colors, the textures, and lift it up and feel its weigh...(but don't pick them up by their stem, remember its not a handle!...two hands please! ) Thank Mother Nature for her bounty and thank your local farm stand/garden center by buying while you are there. They/we all work so hard to keep the fate and faith of the American farmer from dying. Where would we be without the farmer? Do your children or grandchildren know where food comes from? You may be surprised when you ask them and need to teach them the value the farmer has to our healthy eating and to living a better life...the good life!
Happy Fall y'all.