Week 26 – Gourds and more!

I am excited about this week’s share, although I’m not really sure why.

First, we got three cute little gourds.

My farmer, Al Schreiber had this to say to people who complain about the gourds:

“We need to talk about gourds. Let me make something clear. I. LOVE. GOURDS. Ergo, I grow a lot of them and ergo, ergo, you are going to get a healthy dose of them. I need to make a few things clear. Every year we get a few comments about gourds along the line of a) “how do you eat gourds?” You do not eat gourds, they are ornamental; they are pretty and interesting to look at and b) “why are you sending us gourds if we cannot eat them?” You are getting gourds because I love them, love to grow them, think they are pretty and interesting to look at. Please accept these gourds.”


I feel like I am half-way to my Thanksgiving centerpiece, so keep the gourds coming.  🙂

Besides the gourds, we got leeks, three kinds of squash, lovely orange tomatoes, brussel sprouts, bok choy, apples, big red radishes, bell peppers, and a pumpkin.  Someone had abandoned a big warty looking pumpkin to the share box, so I had to bring him home as well.

Brussel sprouts are another vegetable I can usually sell to my family pretty easily.  This week, I think I will try stuffed squash, leeks in a quiche, and maybe a plain old pumpkin pie, for a change.  🙂

I can get pretty creative with the filling for the squash.  What ideas do you have for this haul?

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About csamom

Living in Eastern Washington State for the past 15 years, I appreciate the wonderful produce we have available here. I am a working mom, with the typical active family. We have two children, a cat, a fish, and a snake.
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4 Responses to Week 26 – Gourds and more!

  1. Tammy says:

    Leeks are amongst my favorite things to receive. I love them in quiche. I love potato leek soup soup. In fact, I love soup so I’d consider that with the pumpkin also.

  2. I think it’s great how your farmer owns his love for gourds. Really, I see no difference in getting gourds or sunflowers (gotten those from 2 different CSAs I’ve done, and no, they didn’t have giant seed heads, they were just pretty). Though I know the sunflowers bring pollinators to the farm perhaps a bit better than the gourds, but then perhaps the gourds shade the soil better than the sunflowers? Either way, natural decorative elements are always welcomed here.

  3. csamom says:

    My daughter calls him our “ADD” farmer. 🙂

  4. I loved that you saved the warty pumpkin. I always root for the underdog.

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