It seems like nearly every year I have been in Peoria, I have had the pleasant surprise of self-sowing squash and pumpkin. The first year it was butternut squash. Oh my, that was delicious. I got creative with many recipes, my favorite was a soup made with fennel root, coconut milk, and roasted butternut squash. Yum!
I love volunteer plants, as much as I love my wild forageables. This year we had a bunch of random squash pop up around our chicken coop. In the late Fall months the previous winter, our neighbor gave us pumpkin and squash for our chickens, and voila come Spring we had a bunch of little squash plants coming up in our chicken run. I brought them to the Community House Garden, we popped them in our new boxes, and waited to see what we would get.
There were a couple spaghetti squash and one tiny little pumpkin.
Maybe it wasn't a bumper crop, but it was fun for the kids, and another example of God's powerful gift of food in this amazing natural world.