Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Speckled Hound and Other Fall Delights

Let's face it, people like me who dread winter, fall is here, and it won't leave without inflicting some pain on us.  And we know full well, here in the Southern Tier of New York, what follows fall.

But on the other hand, there is much to enjoy.

The leaf turning season has begun early.

But we are on the produce shoulder season between summer and fall.  Let's visit Frog Pond Farms, in Bainbridge, New York, to see what's on the menu.

Fall beckons with a harvest of winter squash.  To the left, hubbard squash, an old fashioned variety with a super thick skin but is prized for being able to store well.  On the right, banana squash.
Summer still calls us with hot peppers.  I didn't take pictures, but there were lots of peaches (grown in Pennsylvania-our climate here doesn't support peach cultivation).

Garlic has been harvested and is being dried.
I always seem to find something new each year.  This year, it was a squash (technically, I think, a pumpkin) called Speckled Hound.
Yes, we bought one and tried it.  I am not a fan of pumpkin but I love certain winter squashes, especially butternuts.  To me, the flesh was a lot more butternutty (is that a word?) than pumpkiny (ditto).

More fall to come!

For those of my readers who are Jewish, Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown tonight. For those who celebrate, shana tova (in English, a good year). 

In some Jewish families, it's traditional to eat pumpkins on Rosh Hashanah and that speckled hound sounds like something you may want to try, if it's available where you live.  

Tomorrow is Music Moves Me and I hope you'll join up for some music!


  1. I like pumpkin and I like squash so I might just try speckled hound, if I can find it.

    Shana Tovah. A sweet new year.

  2. Yes I know what comes after Fall! I sure hope it is a long up until Christmas:)

  3. This is part of the reason I love fall best, the colorful produce! The Speckled Hound is beautiful. I may try it, although the article you link mentions two or three on each plant. Not a lot per plant. Winter squash are the only ones I like, and then only in sweets, not savories. Breads, muffins, pies, cookies...
    I don't celebrate Rosh Hashanah, but do wish you a good year ahead.

  4. Wonderful collections of farm produce

  5. Well, we don't really get fall for another month or so. And we were told that it was going to be a warm one (we've got heat advisories for the next few days), so I'm looking forward to winter.


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