Straddling the seasons

During a walk today, I emerged from 
a heavily shaded path to an opening that was bathed in sunlight. 
I take this same walk almost every day and particularly 
love this spot–I can see the light from the sun ahead 
beckoning to me as a greeting for the day. 
What struck me today was how much more golden and a bit sharper the sunlight 
looked than the brighter yellow it has been previously, maybe even yesterday. 
As I stepped into the sunshine, I looked over to where the sun was, 
just over the horizon and noticed how much lower it was in the sky than it has been, 
my first awareness of how near fall is–this visual harbinger to the change of season. 
But knowing that, in a few hours, it would be close to 100 degrees 
which of course would feel oh, so summer, I realized how much 
we are beginning the "straddling of the seasons." 
still on the menu at "the fig"
 both food photos by Steven Krause for
Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig's Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country
not quite there yet...but soon
So, you can still be refreshed by the popular heirloom tomato and watermelon 
salad at the girl & the fig, and it is way too soon for
 honey-glazed winter squash, but we do have two seasons going at the farm.
the fall garden overlooking the flourishing summer one
lower quad abundant with tomatoes, peppers, basil, beans & squash
upper quad planted with winter & fall squash
We continue to harvest from our 800 tomato plants

we even have summer squash growing
around the planters right outside the door of
the girl & the fig!

but once the potatoes in the upper quad at the farm were done, 
we looked ahead to our late autumn/early winter garden and planted winter squash. 
Red Kuri squash
We've planted Red Kuri squash, which is "is thick-skinned pink colored winter squash 
that has the appearance of a small pumpkin without the ridges. 
Inside the hard outer skin there is a firm flesh that provides 
a very delicate and mellow chestnut-like flavor." 
They can be roasted like pumpkin seeds and eaten, or saved for next year’s garden. 
A medium to large squash will yield about 200 to 250 seeds.
Butternut squash soup, balsamic reduction, with fried sage
photo by Steven Krause for
Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig's Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country
Slight changes on the menu at the girl & the fig
as we begin this transition from one season to the next:
Tomatoes and summer fruit continue to be featured:
This week's Plat du Jour is all about summer:

ENTRÉE smoked chicken livers - green tomato jam, padrón chèvre, grilled bread
PLAT grilled ribeye - summer tomatoes, Point Reyes blue cheese
DESSERT cheesecake parfait - fresh berries, vanilla crema
While signs of fall creep onto the main ENTRÉE list:
niman pork chop
pear butter, cornbread pudding, grilled kale, pork jus
What's in your garden now?
Is it still all about summer or have you started to prepare for fall?

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