In your veggie share this week, we have nothing but beauty and wholesomeness in the forms of:

Winter Squash – 5 choices!
Eggplant – mixed varieties
Cherry Tomatoes
Pattypan Squash
Larger Heirloom Tomatoes
Mesclun (Salad Mix)
Colourful Carrots
Herb Choice

Roasted Pattypan Squash and Chickpeas
2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed (or 3/4 dry chickpeas – need to be soaked etc.)
750 g. pattypan squash, halved
olive oil
chives – a dozen stems
cilantro – a small handful
mint – 8 leaves
cayenne pepper
lemon peel
lemon juice
cracked pepper

You can substitute many of the herbs in this recipe for an herb you may have, i.e. thyme, basil, oregano, for a slightly different flavour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay your halved pattypans on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper. Coat them lightly. Roast for 30 minutes, then let cool.
While the pattypans roast, combine the herbs, cayenne, lemon peel, lemon juice and pepper. Drizzle with some oil and blend until almost smooth.
Toss the chickpeas with the herb dressing and set in the fridge to rest.
When the pattypans are cool, arrange them on top of the dressed chickpeas and serve.

Breaded Summer Squash
I prepared these with zucchini, but you can certainly do the same with your pattypans.
Simply slice your pattypans into a reasonably thin slice. Coat with egg and then coat with a mixture of bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Fry in some butter!

Carrots with Orange, Garlic and Thyme – (from Jamie Oliver)
Cut your carrots to the desired size. I often leave them nearly whole.
Boil the carrots in salted water with a bit of sugar and a knob of butter and a little cluster of herb (Just one, or a cluster of: thyme, rosemary, savoury, parsley, etc.).
Cut an orange into eights and add them to the water, along with a few garlic cloves in their skin.
Once the carrots are cooked (I like them tender crisp),  drain them. Discard the herbs and throw the carrots on a baking sheet with the chopped up orange and garlic cloves and bake them at 400 degrees F for 6-10 minutes.

You may notice the beautiful fall squash/pumpkin decorations outside the cool room this week. Since my own pumpkins were devastated by the cucumber beetle infestation this spring and then drought all summer long, I have turned to another local farmer for some awesome pumpkins and gourds: the Vandersleens on Sawmill Rd. at Hwy. 17. There is an incredible assortment of squashes available in front of the big black barn. 

Marlo loves fall decorations…