Fleecenik called Hubbard Squash famine food.
Deus Ex Machina harvested the volunteer vines in the backyard. They'd all died back, and even though it's still early, we can feel that it's getting time to start putting the gardens to bed for the winter.
The harvest, including the two that were already picked, was a dozen squash ... and there are a few more on the vines in the front yard.
I'm seriously thinking that I might intentionally grow hubbard squash next year.
Or, we'll just eat the volunteers and toss the seeds in the compost like we did last year. Perhaps, nature will, again, be so generous.
I'm very thankful for the squash this year. Apples aren't doing well. A late frost destroyed most of the crop. We went apple picking this weekend at a local orchard. This was, likely, their last weekend for PYO. We were told that the frost had destroyed 95% of their crop. They are one of two local suppliers of winter storage apples to the Hannaford stores.
We picked a bushel and that will give us about a dozen quart jars of applesauce. We'll need at least twice that, and best would be three times. We're hoping to pick at a different orchard - one further south of us that didn't get hit by the freak frost. The goal is two more bushels for sauce and at least a bushel for storage. I have a feeling that local apples at the grocery store this winter aren't going to be as available as they usually are.
Since apples will be in short supply, I'm really thankful for the squash. Last year, the recipe I used was similar to this one. It was delicious, and as luck would have it, we harvested maple syrup this year, too ;). We're in the process of harvesting acorns, and while they are probably not a really good substitute for walnuts, I figure worst case scenario, properly prepared and roasted, they'd do.
I may also cook a few of them and substitute it for pumpkin in this canned pumpkin bread recipe. I make at least one batch of the bread every year, and it is so incredible! The best part is having canned pumpkin bread to give the girls on those days when we're busy all day, as a quick snack. They LOVE it!
I realized that when I took the picture of all of the squash squashed together that they don't really look like all that much.
So, I took a second picture for perspective.
That's a standard-sized basketball. The squash is bigger. I thought it was pretty cool ;).