As we enter October, the final harvest is taking place and now the markets are flooded with Squash and pumpkins and other late season vegetables, like beets.
Today was a sunny and a bit chilly day with a fresh brisk wind. I went to MacKenzie Produce which is a huge farm employing foreign workers from Mexico. They are very nice people and love speaking Spanish with them. At this time of the year they will decorate some of the big bails of hay for kids and organize the corn maze which brings children to run around. The variety of pumpkins and squash is impressive and of various colours from the orange standard to the blue and white and mix of orange and green. They also have very low prices for the pumpkins, what they do not sell is turned into feed for farm animals it is good for them and they love it.
I bought 2 pumpkins a large one and a small one. I also bought to decorate the table 6 miniature pumpkins in various shapes. I also got some squash and will cook them. I bought red sweet potatoes, that I had not seen before at $0.99 a pound you cannot go wrong.
I also got 3 pots of Mums of various colours. It was fun to be just minutes away from home in the countryside. Speaking with the owners of the farm I learned that they had lost quite a few trees, though the domain is so vast, it is difficult to tell, they also only got electricity back today, meaning they had been 9 days without power. Again the number of poles destroyed, simply snapped in two like twigs is impressive.
I was reminded today that my car winter tune-up is coming up and I need to buy new winter tires. My old ones are 11 years old and need to be discarded. I may need to buy new rims also, but will see. I have learned to know what to buy in new tires and check for the manufacture date and stick to newly made tires and not last year. We do not drive much in Winter but nonetheless it is good to have quality tires. The prices though can get very expensive.