Some may think that produce stops happening in the Pacific Northwest in September. Truth is, there is still so much more fresh and organic produce growing. Thanks to our expert Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen, we have great tasting and nutritious food through January, and sometimes February. Colleen has even had fellow master-gardeners out at the greenhouses learning how she gets the best yield for her winter gardening. Our urban farm has greenhouses, orchards, and a lot more (yes, there’s a Cluckingham Palace…).
What’s good in October? Glad you asked. If you’re feeling cozy, then winter gourds are the ticket. You can cut them in half and put them in the oven, you can even blend them up into savory sweet soups. Let’s talk spaghetti squash first. It’s exactly how it sounds. If you cut the gourd in half, drizzle olive oil, and pop it in the oven, you may get the best pasta you’ve ever tasted! Add some salt and pepper, and remove the spaghetti-strands out of the gourd carefully with a fork, and plate it up. Then, add your favorite sauce with some sliced up parmesean, and you’re golden! Another winter gourd that’s a fave is the acorn squash. It’s shaped like an acorn, and you can also cut this one in half, maybe put some butter with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar in it. Put the gourd halves face down in the pan, put in the oven, and get a delectable warm and cozy food to have on a brisk day. Delicata and Kabocha squash can also be used in many different types of recipes like for curry or tacos!
All of this talk about food is probably making you hungry, so take a look at some of the recipes and get started! We’ve got a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) of 25 spots, and let me tell you, there have been some amazingly delicious things to take home! Buy a share for the CSA in early spring if you’d like to have fresh and local organic produce 9 months out of the year (Also, contact us about your interest in reserving a spot early!). And don’t fret if you’re not a part of the CSA yet, we have a fabulous farm stand that is replenished with gourds, honey, basil salt, and a lot more! Thinking about becoming a resident? Let’s talk, there are so many fun perks to being a part of this amazing community. When it comes to gardening, you can choose to have a couple of gardening plots both inside and outside, or you can choose to just stop and smell the roses (or, perhaps lemon blossoms…yes, we’ve got lemons ripening right now). Either way, at Pringle Creek Community, you are in an urban oasis of healthy living, and that means delicious and healthy food, too.