Yet again (!) another week has come and gone. Another grey and wet one. Yesterday we got 6 of our old girls off to the butcher and on the way home we stopped and had a visit with our friends at Bridge Farm in Dresden. They were in the process of baking in their outdoor bake oven and we stayed to watch the process, as well as to leave with some beautiful “everything” bagels.
Today we went into town to get our Giant Pumpkin plant to grow for the Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest which will take place in October. All the men in the house are planning great things and monster pumpkins! John, Sawyer and I went over to pick up our little pumpkin plant, which comes from a pumpkin that weighed 1,129 lbs last year. Wow. We are going to plant that in front of the house where we get the most sun and the vines can just go wild across the septic field if they want. I love dreaming about the garden at this time of year. It’s almost the end of May and we are still having temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Yikes. I have a feeling that we are going to get slammed right between the eyes with hot weather and skip spring altogether. And I pledge not to complain about dry warmness!
The Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest weekend is here. This past week I drove by Pinkham’s Plantation and their parking lot had turned into a sea of giant sized pumpkins, all shapes, colors and sizes. (If I were a good blogger, I would carry my camera around with me and take photos, but I am not. One of these days, perhaps.) Most of the pumpkins have been sent around to area businesses so that they can carve and paint them and keep them on display. Cool pumpkin art. But the biggest draw of the festival will be held tomorrow: the Pumpkin Regatta! Farmers are working long hours today to finish the building of their pumpkin boats, to be motored on the Damariscotta River tomorrow in a race. It is a real hoot!
Here at Ruit Farm we have been growing our own pumpkins.
We bought our pumpkin seedling in the spring just at the right moment, brought it home, and that was it. For the most part. I don’t know when we caught up with ourselves, but somewhere around July John decided to just pop it into one of our huge compost piles and see what it would do. It has almost taken over the driveway where we pull in to feed the animals. Lots of wonderful pumpkin flowers, but alas, this is our progeny:
one 8″ yellow fruit, not even old enough to be a respectable orange! Alas, we will not be competing in the Regatta tomorrow. I am so glad that our friend Patty gave us a pumpkin that we can actually carve and enjoy!
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