Winding Down

The weekend was nice enough even though we didn’t do a whole lot. We did trek down to Salsa, Salsa, a salsa tasting event, that was less event than promised. It used to be a heritage fesitival and is where we found the recipe that we ultimately altered to become our famous salsa verde. Okay, it’s only famous within our family, friends, co-workers, their family, friends and co-workers and their….you get the picture…it’s pretty well known around these parts. But I digress. Sauvie Island Farms took the event over and renamed it Salsa, Salsa which offered a salsa tasting, a veggie stand and a couple tables offering information on sustainable farming.


The salsa tasting consisted of about 15 different restaurant salsa recipes. There was a small panel of judges none of whom we recognized and then the public was allowed to taste and vote on the salsas as well. We were rather disappointed with the selections and most were just plain boring. They were also auctioning off the signed recipes and a couple cups of the salsa for a minimum donation of $25. Sorry folks, I can find better salsa recipes here and I don’t have to pay a penny.

We were there a whole 30 minutes so we decided to find something else to do and headed over to the St. John’s Bridge celebration. It too was small and uneventful having had a full on bash when the bridge was reopened this spring after a full restoration. So it was home to the yard and garden.


The garden is on it’s last legs and we’re just picking the last of the tomatoes and enjoying the sunflowers.


Some of the smaller ones have found their way into the house since the rain started today in full force. This is my favorite, the Teddy Bear Sunflower.


These are twelve feet high and about 2 feet across. I’d have to get a ladder out to give you any perspective so you’ll just have to take my word for it.


It won’t be long before we take the fence down and let the deer have their way with whats left. We will be sure to pull the pepper plants first and hang them in the garage. The habanero and fatalli peppers will last well into December and with their bright orange and yellow skin we will probably string them up and hang them in the kitchen. A nice reminder of the summer and useful all winter.
With the season winding down we had to get some dirt moved and borrowed a friend’s tractor but that will have to wait for another post. I do have to say that as much as I miss the long summers of California, I love the change of seasons and fall is probably my favorite. I’m now ready for the rain to return.

4 responses to “Winding Down

  1. Fall is a beautiful time of the year, though it makes me nostalgic for my youth. The autumns in New England were much nicer than what we get here in the Midwest. Our garden is winding down, too. We have lots of green tomatoes that aren’t ripening because it’s been so rainy here the past couple of weeks. We’re still getting lots of sweet peppers. I’m disappointed with the hot peppers this year. The habañeros didn’t bear and what was advertised as cayenne turned out to be some sort of relatively mild banana pepper. I froze more green beans this weekend, along with a bunch of pesto. We got quite a few butterfnut squash that escaped the vine boreres, and I’ll harvest them over the next week or two.

  2. what fantastic sunflowers!
    They made the day for me.
    I miss growing them.

  3. Doug – Sounds like you have a great garden! Sorry to hear about the cayenne, we have a pumpkin that was supposed to be a new type of zucchini. The good thing is it’s a Long Island Cheese which is supposed to make great pumpkin pie. We’re going to put that to the test and will surely blog on the outcome.

    We’ve found that the habaneros really don’t have a long enough growing season here but they seem to deal with the cool temps well and hit their peak in October and November. If we have a hard freeze coming, we pull them and let them finish in the garage hung upside down.

    Michael – You really NEED a garden! I’m sure you can do it in Tuscon but you probably have to plant in December. ; )

    BTW, the comments are now working on Mark’s page,, or through the scuff link on my page, but they still need to be moderated before showing on the website. We’ve had hellacious problems wth spam over there for some reason.

  4. I love sunflowers, especially since they’re the state flower for Kansas, and I’m all nostalgic right now. We should trade salsa recipes: I swear by Rick Bayless and love a good chipotle salsa. This is a good time of year, harvest and all.

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