There are few images more synonymous with autumn than that of a ribbed, round pumpkin. Each fall, the Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash grown in our garden move inside the house. They decorate the farmhouse during the season and Thanksgiving holiday.
Throughout the fall and winter, we use each squash in our favorite hearty dishes. We clean each squash, cubing the flesh before freezing it for use in a variety of dishes throughout the long New England winter. The seeds become a healthy treat for the heritage breed hens that live here at 1840 Farm. They eagerly greet us at the door of their run when squash seeds are on the menu.
I love pumpkins of every size, shape, and color. The Long Island Cheese is perhaps my favorite. Its appearance is unique, with a slightly flattened shape and heavy ribbing. Its skin is smooth with tan undertones. The name originates from its strong resemblance to a wheel of cheese.
The Long Island Cheese Squash is very well suited for use in pies and pureed dishes. The flavor is slightly sweet with a balanced earthiness. When fully cooked, its texture is smooth and velvety.
The Long Island Cheese stores very well. It’s not uncommon to find whole squash in the farmhouse at 1840 Farm long after we have celebrated the arrival of the New Year. As soon as we have finished the last cube of squash, we begin dreaming of planting the next crop of Long Island Cheese in the gardens at 1840 Farm.
The Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash is a member of The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection as part of our Three Sisters Garden Collection. All of the varieties in our collection are accompanied by plant profiles and planting instructions so that you can enjoy growing these varieties in your garden as much as we do here at 1840 Farm. They are all available for purchase in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.
The original illustrations for our collection were created by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm. They are available for purchase in the Iron Oak Farm Shop on Etsy. The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.
We hope that you will enjoy growing these heirlooms for your family’s table as much as we do. We invite you to share updates and photos from your garden, your animals, and your harvest with other members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Flickr.Pin It