When this land was populated by native peoples February was known as the hunger moon. A long time from the last growing season. If the harvest had been good then people might pass the winter comfortably. Struggles and hunger for anything else. For our household the winter passes comfortably.
Last seasons’ crop of Painted Mountain Corn was a good one. Taking suggestion from customers and experimenting with the corn has resulted in new appreciation for the variety of foods that can be made. Some of the corn was ground for corn meal. What a great fresh flavor it has. Some was soaked and simmered for soups. It’s such a firm kernel that this method resulted in lots of jaw work. So a Mexican style preparation was tried with lime. What a great hominy this made! It’s gone into posole with success. Soon more will be used for nixtamal to make tortillas.
Winter squashes have appeared regularly on the table. This shows why some squashes are called winter squashes. They store well and improve in flavor through the winter. The best squashes that are free of blemishes or scarring are stored in the cold garage. The Butternut that remain have been the absolute best in flavor and texture that we can remember. Rich and flavorful with a pleasant sweetness. The kids are getting a little sick of squash, but manage to always put a few scoops on their plates since it is so good. We prefer to bake squash in a medium oven. Roasting seems to bring out the best flavors.
Our neighboring state of Indiana had a report about the drought of last summer. They had areas that suffered much more than we did. With winter precipitation the lingering deficits have been erased. All go for farmers. Of course farmers are never so gullible to believe weathermen. So we hear of record well drilling and pivots going in. I guess if farmers make money on high water demand crops, they’ll pump water until it runs out or costs too much to justify. Interesting that the Painted Mountain corn yielded great on natural rainfall on all but about 20’ of the 100’ row.
Posted by Farmer Pete @ 09:26 AM EST