Saturday, November 2, 2013

Holding Pattern

I've been down with a cold for a few days, and Kim has been carrying the weight of the usual farm chores. We haven't been able to make much progress on the farm "to-do before Snow" list. These things happen, we're just hoping to play catch up a bit more next week instead. It's been the kind of cold where your whole body protests even the short walk to get a drink, and my asthma demanded that I slow down, immediately.

We did still manage to put together a nice end of harvest dinner, though. Halloween Day is always a feast day for this farm. We have a little tradition of stuffing a pumpkin for Halloween Dinner. We open it up, like a jack-o-lantern, and clean the insides. Then we make a savory stuffing with sausage and veggies, pack it full, put the lid back on and roast it until it's soft enough to serve in slices. This year, Kim added a pan de muerto to the dinner, and damn- it was melt in your mouth delicious. She used this recipe, for anyone looking to try. Family came over to join in the celebration, and we had a very quiet, relaxing night. It feels appropriate to celebrate the actual day of Halloween this way, with a bit more reverence and quiet reflection to the end of a season (though we also do lots of spooky silly things before the day too).

Today is the first Saturday in a long time (2ish years) that we haven't had a delivery to make, or planting to do, or snow to negotiate. It's been a little strange, trying to deviate from the schedule, but nice too. It's a day for laundry, chores, etc and we decided to limp the farm truck into town for breakfast. The subaru is in the shop for repairs, and the farm truck is on it's last legs. It won't be far on the horizon that we will be searching for a replacement. But the old rust bucket got us to the town diner, and we had a nice breakfast and semi-planning meeting. We start planning for spring season now, and we have a lot of ideas of whats to come for our little farm. Its nice to not have somewhere to be immediately and give ourselves the space to plan and dream a bit. If All Hallows brings the end of the growing year, it's a good time to reflect and begin anew--especially over a hot cup of coffee.

Roasted stuffed pumpkin, ready for slicing!

Pan de Muerto, straight from the oven

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