When you plant 90+ pounds of seed potatoes there will be abundant opportunity to dig for treasure. Finally we've come to the end of the digging and have 7 or so varieties of potatoes tucked away in the root cellar for winter. To use up the "slicers" (potatoes that got a bit too close to the shovel) we've had potato soup and fat fries this week. As we ate baked potatoes for supper tonight we were comparing flavor and appearance differences of Butte, Kennebec and Rosegold. It's a pleasure to still be eating these meals with a fresh bouquet on the table. Calendula, yellow tansy buds and horehound greens are still looking fine despite the weather. Soon though the flowering kale will be the only floral survivor in the garden, sometimes lasting till early January.
Thanksgiving will be upon us this week, a holiday I'm growing to appreciate on a deeper level. God has truly blessed us with an abundant harvest this year and an abundant life. Some friends are trying to achieve a true "100 Mile Thanksgiving" meal with all their menu items coming from local sources. I'll be picking salad greens for them along with creating a centerpiece that can be later fed to the birds. At our Thanksgiving table we'll be eating a pastured turkey raised by an Amish friend and fresh salad greeens from the cold frame along with ground cherry pie in memory of my mother-in-law. Some "long distance" foods will be cranberry salad and date pudding. To send along Thanksgiving greetings to others I created pumpkin pie paper that included pumpkin "goop" and spices in the paper concoction. They smell almost good enough to eat!