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Fresh From The Garden: Early-Bird Pumpkins, Squash Blossoms

Thanks to weird summer weather, Chef Daniel Orr has already harvested pumpkins from his garden. He uses one in which to bake a chicken.

pumpkin on the vine

Photo: mamamusings (Flickr)

Thanks to a rainy spring season and hot summer temperatures, Chef Daniel Orr started harvesting pumpkins from his garden in mid-July.

This pumpkin is out of my garden. It’s a little bit crazy that we have pumpkins so early.

The weird weather we’ve been experiencing across the Midwest has sped up the growing processes for many crops in Chef Daniel Orr’s garden. This early-bird pumpkin will be a vessel in which we’ll bake a chicken.

Two basic types of farms are proliferating in the United States: very big and very small. A few people are finding ways to break into mid-level production agriculture. Frank Morris of Harvest Public Media speaks to one of them.

Moya Andrews of Focus On Flowers talks about how instead of eating them, she rescues the flowers used as garnishes in restaurants.

And then it’s back into the kitchen for two recipes using squash blossoms: one deep fried and one baked.

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A Plot In The Middle

white picket fence

Two basic types of farms are proliferating in the U.S., very big and very small. But medium-sized, self-sustaining family farms, have declined dramatically.

Chicken Baked In A Pumpkin Pot

stuffing chicken with herbs

Thanks to a rainy spring season and hot summer temperatures, I started harvesting pumpkins from my garden in July. I'm using one in which to bake a chicken.

Edible Flowers With Moya Andrews, Fried Zucchini Blossoms


Thoughts on edible flowers from master gardener Moya Andrews and Chef Daniel Orr with a recipe for chicken fried zucchini blossoms.

Frittata Of Squash Blossoms With Sauteed New Potatoes

Frittata of squash blossoms with sauteed new potatoes

Flower can be just as delicious as they are beautiful. Combine squash blossoms with new potatoes, eggs and goat cheese for this creative breakfast dish.

Chicken Fried Zucchini Flowers With Basil, Mozzarella

squash blossoms

I usually stuff squash blossoms before battering and frying them. They are also good stuffed with fish or chicken and steamed for a lighter dish.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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