Heirloom Vegetable Garden Update August 2011 Cushaws!

Friends Drift Inn Farm – Gardening

Green Striped Cushaw Winter Squash Heirloom Vegetable Gardening

Celebrate Cushaws Let’s Jump Jive and Wail!

It’s time to dance in the garden.

There was a time when the music stopped, in fact the music died.Three years ago, we returned to gardening after a seven year absence from the dirt. I had a very rude awakening. Gone from the catalogs were many of my favorite heirloom vegetables. At the time I did not even know they were “heirloom.”

It was the lack of cushaws that sent me over the edge. How can one dance in the garden without a chorus line of cushaw “geese” center stage? Frankly, you just cannot. The search for cushaws launched this blog.

A garden without cushaws?

White Cushaws Somewhat Rare

No! It’s just not done. The Friend family always had cushaws. Always. In fact, as I explained when this blog launched in January 2011, it was the search for cushaw seeds that moved me to blog.


Cushaws are my passion. Mom talks about carrying white cushaws around like a doll back in the depression days. Grandpa Friend’s produce and honey stand had armies of cushaws and pumpkins come fall harvest. Aunt Em, Charlie’s aunt, used to make cushaw butter. Yes please!


I cannot get enough of the green striped cushaw baked up with butter and drizzled with sorghum. Cushaws are my first farm-to-table memory, etched deeply into the very essence of my being.

Green Heirloom Tomatoes Hazelfield

So I could tell you about how the tomatoes are looking good, but they are staying green.

White Patty Pan Scalloped Summer Squash Heirloom Vegetable Gardening

I could tell you that the White Patty Pan Squash, an Edna Lewis favorite, is just starting to come on.

Baby Eggplant I've got plans for you!

I could tell you that I’ve got an awesome Ratatouille recipe that the eggplant is destined for.

But, I’m not going to do that. Today, I celebrate Cushaws. They will be ready to harvest in about a month. I’m dancing in the dirt with my red high heels. Do you hear Brian Setzer jamming in the background? If you are gonna dance to “Jump Jive and Wail” you best be moving your feet! And yes my ankles are in need of a good scrubbing we’re getting down and dirty! Join me!

Happy Gardening!

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Back to the Garden July Gardening
Return of the Green Striped Cushaw

About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.