2015, Week 44

Floral Business Expansion
We’ve started booking weddings for 2016, and have updated our website to explain several different ways to incorporate our farm’s flowers in both events and every-day routines next year. Please help us to spread the word! Thank you!
There are few things I enjoy more on a rainy day than making cookies. So it looks like I’ll be making them more than once during the current 10-day forecast! Vegetables and chocolate are my two favorite food groups. Thus this cookie recipe is one of my very favorites, and perfect for this time of year.  I have made this recipe with both red kuri squash (in picture above) and buttercup, though it will work well with any pumpkin variety. Using fresh pumpkin instead of canned is really easy, and far superior in flavor! I cut the squash/pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds, and then bake upside down in a pan with a splash of water at 350F till tender – 45min-1hr, depending on size. I then freeze any leftover pumpkin in 1-cup portions in ziplock bags for future cooking or baking.
Spicy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and gradually add sugar. Beat in eggs and pumpkin, mix well. Blend in sifted ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Bake on top rack of oven for 12~15 minutes, until golden brown.
We had a record-breakingly busy morning at the farm stand last Tuesday, despite the rainy weather. We hope that you all will come out and support us so strongly again tomorrow!
We are so grateful to our faithful customers, and love building relationships with you all at our humble front-porch farm stand each week. We will continue to open definitely through New Year’s, and maybe into January, weather permitting.  We love growing healthy, fresh produce to bless families who enjoy delicious, nutritious meals.
Have a great week, and we hope to see you at the farm stand, despite tomorrow’s icky weather forecast!