We are happy the tropical storms are passing us by here in WNC. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends in the storm’s path today.

We are harvesting some beautiful green beans and yellow beans from the third wave of plantings. We are also seeing some of best winter squash ever. We are growing several varieties so there will be a parade over the next several weeks! If you have never tried the hard-shelled winter squash before, it is time to step out of your comfort zone, get a big knife, and dive in! Look in the recipes under “W” for Winter Squash for ideas on how to prepare these wonderful veggies.


I was once asked if I grew any “lampshade” vegetables. I knew the individual meant “nightshade” vegetables and simply misspoke. I did keep a straight face as I gently corrected the terminology. However, I cannot resist putting a lampshade atop an eggplant and taking a photo!

Here is another quick recipe idea for those eggplants you are seeing in your CSA Boxes.


Wash. Slice. Sprinkle with seasoning, bread crumbs & dollop of butter on each slice. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees about 40 minutes until tender. Remove and add a bit of spaghetti sauce to each slice. Put back in oven for about 10 min. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese which will melt. Eat! EASY!!! They are even good cold and they will freeze well either as slices or stacks.


In your box look for winter squash, potatoes, beans, okra, eggplant, colorful sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, cukes along with the last of summer squash, zucchini and cabbages as available. Season Change!