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It is reassuring to know that when friends drop in there is always a tub of squash soup in the freezer. Then knead a bit of dough for some baps and you have a great homemade rustic lunch.   When we made the batches of squash soup in the heady days of 2012’s squash harvest it felt as though we were preparing for a very long and very hard winter, with a sustained social calendar.  It comes as no surprise that it is still being eaten the following summer.  P1040293So it was quite unexpected then to find that we have reached the freezer bottom, the squash soup 2012 vintage is all gone.  We face a barren month now of squash-less life before the 2013 harvest is ready.  Already when we look on the vegetable beds it is obvious that the ever reliable Boston squash will once again be the ‘go to’ squash, with fruit already the size of small footballs.  Other varieties that include some from our friend the snail of happiness are also fruiting well, if a little less predictably.

P1030022_3The fact that we are consuming squash 11 out of 12 months of the year shows what an important crop this is.  In the face of erratic climate and economic conditions the squash is like a reliable friend that will see you through the harshest months of the year.  It will support you when the cupboards are bare and bring a rustic warmth to your most social moments.  Squash is one of the strongest tools in the self-sufficiency arsenal.  The diversity of varieties available also means that there is always something new to try.  All hail the squash!

Sky intermittent blue to grey,    temp 18c.

Time for G&T