It’s raining pumpkins

It seems that the jack-o-lantern exists because when pumpkins proliferate they seriously know how to do it and someone had to invent a way of dealing with the excess vegetables. They obviously decided to be scary and creative about it. [1] The pumpkins spread around the Farm this year to such an extent that we couldn’t touch the grass in a large chunk of the backyard for fear of breaking the vine and so both the grass and the pumpkin vine went wild. The pumpkins were hiding in the long grass, so harvesting was fun because we didn’t know how many were in there. In the last few weeks we have given some away, made Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal, Pumpkin and Adzuki Bean Stew, Pumpkin Gnocchi and I am still planning Green Curry Porridge and a real deal Pumpkin Pie. Plus we have had just plain old chunks of roast pumpkin, several rounds of Pumpkin Soup, as well as pumpkin in pasta sauce, omelet and frittata. And we still have 15 quite large pumpkins left.

Lucky they are tasty. Please get in touch if you have any interesting pumpkin recipes. We want to be done well before October 31.

[1] This is not an accurate historical claim, although I reckon it is partially true. Either way, the Wikipedia page has some interesting info on the history of scary vegetable carving and, of course, World Record breaking jack-o-lantern carving-a-thons:


2 thoughts on “It’s raining pumpkins

  1. Dear Earlwood Farmers,
    We were tuned in to FBI radio this morning and heard your excellent interview. It was great to hear from some likeminded people. We have been moving from rental property to rental property in Earlwood and Dullo for the last 9 years. My husband is a rock climber and we met in Melbourne share house days during the 80’s. he isof Latvian peasant stock and an irrepressible gardener. Everywhere we have moved we have put in a veggie garden. My family joke that we have been single handedly greening the Inner West. we have had sunflowers, carrots, avocados, beetroot, zuchhini(huge), berry tomatoes,basil and a lot of other herbs and spices.
    It is so great to see you have done so well with pumpkins. They are something we haven’t tried yet. However I do have an excellent recipe for Roast Pumpkin Thai style Soup that I developed out of necessity on a Visual Arts Board scholarship to Paris in 1992 and have since been refining with the aid of my Zen sangha. We put on the ‘Reel to Real’ festival each year and this soup takes all the accolades and is first to be eaten.
    I will present you with a copy of the Zen Open Circle Cookbook in due course, because the recipes rock and there are plenty of ideas to nourish yourselves and your patch of Earth.
    I am interested in attending your ‘book burning’. I am a big fan of Maragret Atwood’s Maddadam trilogy -well so far I am becauseI have yet to read the final book.
    We live at 50 Kitchener Ave and grow our own salad veggies and beans and herbs in a rather large back yard that also produces figs,olives and mandarins. It would be good to share a meal with you and bounce ideas and soil enrichment techniques off each other.
    My mobile is : 0433940665

    • Hi Barbara,

      I seem to have failed to reply to this message. I forget to check the “comments” section regularly. And so I’m very very sorry I didn’t get back to you about our “Read Before Burning” project. I could put an entry from you up on the “Archive” page if you like. Kitchener avenue is so close to us! Would be lovely to chat, eat and share ideas. Let me know if you are still in the area.

      Warm wishes,

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