Pumpkin Season

Hope, Hobbes & Hobbes with their Pumpkin Goulash

Goulash is one of the staples of our diet. It is basically a mix of meats, vegetables, spices, tomatoes often on rice, noodles, squash or pumpkins depending on the season. Good, nutritious, hearty, hot, easy to prepare food. Makes for great left overs too.

In this case Hope, who especially loves experimenting with spicing, stuffed a smaller pumpkin from the south field plateau. They are beginning to ripen up. Pumpkin season is here.

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6 Responses to Pumpkin Season

  1. David B. says:

    Love the pumpkin dishes! We just harvested some pumpkins ourselves, took a day cutting/scraping/baking to make pie filling.

  2. Snowballsallsalls says:

    Look at that little girl all grown up! And she cooks too! LOL She is growing up to be a very pretty young lady. Pretty soon you will have to be like my husband and greet young suitors with a firearm LOL

  3. Melissa says:

    I”m glad to hear my revelations confirmed: farm life lends itself to a pot on the stove at all times. Something warm and filling and can simmer all day . . . and night.

  4. Angie says:

    Brace yourself Walter – that gorgeous girl of yours is going to have suitors queuing up to take her out in a few short years.

  5. Farmer Jon says:

    Walter, First off thanks for such a great blog. This is my first time posting but I have been reading it for months as I just finished my first four feeder pigs. Just got the meat back last friday and it was awesome, not to mention that it sold really well at our saturday market. I have nine more right now and plan on continuing to expand. My farm is primarily in vegetables given that that is where most of my farm experience is, but my first year raising sheep and pigs has gone well and it is an area of the farm we plan to grow.
    Right now I am sourcing organic grain from Lakeview Organics in NY, and am glad to pay the premium for organics but must supplement their diet to make some profit. With encouragement from your blog I have a steady supply of whey from a mozzarella factory, which has worked out really well. Especially since I started selling mozzarella with my tomatoes, and that is a hit. Last week I tried the spent grain from a brewery which was a colossal waste of time since the pigs barely ate it and by this morning it was moldy and ready for the compost pile. It was three days old when I picked it up but smelled great to me and I thought it would be a hit. Any thoughts?
    Today I hit up a pumpkin patch and filled the back of my pick-up with their rotting and unwanted pumpkins. I already knew they would love these since they enjoy the reject pumpkins and winter squash I grew. With only nine pigs I could feed them an endless supply of pumpkins this time of year, should I ration these out? Will it affect their weight gain?
    The other contact I have is a pick your own apple orchard, with lots of drops going to waste. With the apple orchard and the pumpkins, they are not organic, as a organic vegetable farmer in the northeast I know how much they spray both of these crops when growing conventionally. I do feel a little conflicted and wonder how you would think this could effect the meat and your ethical opinion. On the other hand I love turning human food bi-products that would be wasted like whey, rotten apples, and spent grain into delicious meat. This might also trump organic grain shipped almost 200 miles. Your thoughts?
    Many thanks for your great blog and website!

    • Raising vegetables and having some pigs is a good combination. You will always have veggies that aren’t good enough to sell and those are great pig food. Chickens are another good part of the mix. Extra eggs can go to the pigs – cook them to double the protein availability.

      The age of the barley was probably at issue. It goes quickly in warm weather. In winter it freezes to a solid mass. You’ll want to pick it up fresh from the vat. Try introducing it slowly with other food as pigs are sometimes suspicious of new things.

      When we have pumpkins, like now, we don’t ration them particularly. The pigs don’t tend to gorge though. Rather they eat some and eat pasture, drink whey, etc. I find that it is only on the candy, things like corn, that they over fill on one thing. Apples are great too. On the sprays, some wash off quickly. Ask about the timing, read up on the sprays they use and decide from that.

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