Friday, March 28, 2014

Moving to the Fall Division Match-up!

We continue to make our way through the seasons to narrow the field to our eight elite vegetables.  Today we move into the Fall Division of the bracket to see the Sweet Potatoes go up against the Honeynut Butternut Squash.  This will be a sweet victory for either vegetable that makes it on to the next level in this round!

On the “Like” side (Captain Jack is calling them the “Home Team”)  we have Captain Jack’s favorite vegetable….Sweet Potatoes!  Sweet potatoes encompass so many things that Jack loves…..starting with digging!  When Farmer Richard gives the “OK” to start the dig, everyone puts on their serious faces and the race begins to get all 2 acres of sweet potatoes dug within a few days.  Jack keeps track of how many tons of potatoes are harvested in a day and everyone breathes a sigh of relief when they are all in.  After a week of curing in the greenhouse, these sweet beauties are ready to eat.  Jack’s favorite…..sweet potato fries!  Jack not only loves digging, but he is also a fan of catching sticks of any kind….and sweet potato fries qualify as sticks in this case!

Jack making sure the crew is doing a good job!

On the “Share” side, we have the Honeynut Butternut Squash bringing some stiff competition to this round.  The Honeynut Butternut Squash is our smallest squash, but has quickly won our hearts with its sweet, flavorful rich flesh.  This is not just any old butternut squash.  It’s a personal-sized beauty that only gets to be about 4-5” long.  There is a lot of natural sweetness concentrated in this little package and it seldom needs anything more than a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt.  Just cut them in half, bake and serve…..they are so rich the flesh tastes like pumpkin pie!  Oh, and don’t forget about roasting the seeds inside to make a crunchy, nutty snack.  So much to offer in a vegetable that fits in the palm of your hand.  

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