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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Row Hopping? Naughty Zucchini!

Tortuga Thursday
In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love. 
Tortuga Thursday comes on Friday this week. Not sure where this week got off to but I lost a day some where. I think it was just so jam packed with drama, big and small. To name a few:

  • My Rosette, Amanda in the Summer, released for an exclusive three months on Amazon. Lots of promo scheduling involved.
  • Sadi's first tooth broke through.
  • We had, maybe, a processing issue with the cucumbers but that's still being debated.
  • More rain causing various problems like the tomatoes slowing their ripening and a quagmire of muddy fields to make harvesting an adventure.
  • Medical issues with several family members (no one under this roof).
  • I had problems to work through on my current manuscript.
  • We have tons of peppers, so Christie devised a wonderful hot sauce making process. And the hot sauce is fantastic.

Golden/Butternut and Golden
I thought I'd share some photo's of squash, those sly veggies that insist on fooling around when no one is looking. They like to mix it up, cross the line like the Hatfields and McCoys or Romeo and Juliet.

Some Golden Squash crossed with Butternut. The crossed one has a slightly tougher shell like the Butternut but does great on the grill.

The Spaghetti Squash has definitely been messing around with the

Zucchini gets around as evidenced by these Butternut.

We made a discovery that saves time. We've frozen the Golden Squash raw and when thawed it cooks up fine.

Freezing Golden Squash
Cucumbers have slowed way down and the Golden and Zucchini have all but stopped. Green beans are done and about half the onions are harvested. Raspberries ended over a week ago. Potatoes have yet to start. Still lots of harvesting ahead of us.


  1. Looking yummy! Congrats on your hard work from the spring paying off -

    1. Good morning, Ashantay. Thanks for coming by.

  2. Okay, how do the cross 'pollinate' without the seed being cross 'pollinated?' I'm not sure that's the right wording but the only way I could best ask what I needed to ask. Very interesting. It sounds as though things are moving along nicely and as always, you're keeping busy.

    1. You know, Jody, I'm not entirely sure. I think the bees have something to do with it. Funny thing is we planted the zucchini way on the other side of another field. But the butternut was only a row away from the golden. Yes, BUSY!