And while the weather is happily still very late-summer-like the signs of autumn are everywhere, especially in the harvest. One of the farmers had pie pumpkins at the market this week. I’m realizing now that I should have bought one. An unidentified mammal ate every single developing ‘Long Island Cheese Squash’ off the vine growing in my community garden plot this year. Boo. Hiss. I had one fertilized pumpkin developing that I thought might have a slim chance but it was gone when I went to check up on it yesterday. Next year I will have to construct some kind of mammal-proof barrier around the little pumpkins. I am saddened that there will be no delightfully flat and scalloped homegrown pumpkin to set on the counter before turning it into a pie.
Next on the agenda is a batch or two of apple and mint jelly and I’ve been toying with the idea of trying my hand at pickled watermelon rind. I already have the apples, mint, and watermelon, now I just have to work up the energy to make it all happen.