Oct 04-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: October: Oct 04-07
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Photo by Robert C. Wetton

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 03:04 am:

A week and a half ago, the What'sUP page featured a scene from the same location here today, the Somero Farm. Robert C. Wetton, (otherwise known as RCW), made a visit there recently to have "the girls" groomed and snapped this shot of the pumpkins being readied for the great pumpkin sale. It's getting to be that time of year when you need to start thinking about buying your Halloween decorations. Maybe you can "kill two birds with one stone", by heading out for a drive to a local farm like the Somero's to pick out a big one and enjoy the color show of the fall leaves at the same time!

P.S. In case you're wondering, "the girls" are RCW and Mrs. RCW's poodles. :->

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 05:02 am:

We used to decorate a pumpkin for each grandchild. It got kind of costly when the grandkids numbered 31!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 07:05 am:

Where is the Somero Farm? I'd better get dressed. I'm on my way UP!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 07:16 am:

Now they just need to give these guys some cool faces and they're all set.

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 07:17 am:

I don't know if they still do it or not, but they used to host birthday parties for kids. Hay rides, mazes, hotdogs and chips, etc....GREAT FUN!!!

Back when I lived in "The Bay", I went to a birthday party for my neighbor's twins...Ben and Rio...and we had an absolute blast!!! What a great, great time that was!

Somero's Farm ROCKS!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 08:05 am:

There are a lot of Farms with pumpkins out here, I am holding off yet to buy one. They end up going bad on me.

By Charles In Esky (Charlesinesky) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 08:24 am:

I know this page is supposed to comment on this day's pic, but
this is a special case. Yesterday's pics featured moose in the
wilds of Baraga. Then last night our Marquette TV station had a
news report from their Iron Mountain reporter about a moose
spotted yesterday morning in the outskirts of that fair city. It
took a lot of people and equipment to stun the moose, hoist the
600 lb critter on a truck, and drop him off well outside the city.
The reporter said that when last seen, he (they call him
"Bullwinkle" naturally) was ambling off in the woods back to Iron
Mountain. I just hope that darn Iron Mountain football team
doesn't put him into play. They are already too good!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 08:32 am:

That is a nice autumn scene. Thank you!

I love pumpkins. It looks like a good pumpkin year around here, from what I have seen so far. I'm with you, Brooke, they do go bad before Halloween if we get them too early. My special needs son has been asking for a pumpkin since early September, but I have been telling him all along, that we are not going to get one until Oct. 15. I may give in and buy one on Sat, Oct 13, because that is a Farm Market day here. (Wednesdays and Saturdays are Farm Market days here, where farmers from around gather with their goods to sell down at the Farm Market, from Memorial Day to Oct. 30. At this time of the year, you can get fresh apple cider, apples, fall vegetables, corn stalks, Indian corn, and you name it, products of the fall harvest.)

By k j (Kathiscc) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 09:03 am:

We got a very nice pumpkin at a farm stand near here. Not for carving, I made pies. Nothing better than fresh home made pumpkin pie in the fall. (ok, I used a pie crust mix- but I still had to roll it). Then I made chili (with fresh dug onions, cheddar cheese and oyster crackers on top). Miss these things in summer, but too hot to eat them!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 09:07 am:

Don't feel bad about the pie crust mix, I use Jiffy Mix pie crust when I make Pasties (my Moms trick, I can never get the lard/ flour mixture right)

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 09:34 am:

I love the picture. I have a lot of pumpkins in the garden. I also usually wait until about the middle of October to bring them up to the porch. We also have a lot of those tiny gourd pumpkins.
Even though I grow the pumpkins, I've never made pie with them. I buy canned pumpkin, but I do make my own crust.

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 09:38 am:

Brooke, what a sacrilege to make pasties from a Jiffy mix. Or pie using a frozen crust. What has happened to all the homemade stuff??? Just kidding. Making various pies from the store bought crusts makes for a much easier task. And they are good, too.
Off to PT-----again.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 10:57 am:

kj(Kathiscc)...what time are we eating tonight? Sounds yummy! I never make crust from scratch. It's a waste of time and money and effort. I'm not good at it at all, so I opt for the Pillsbury ready-made crust in the red boxes. Works great for me. I even use them for pasties. I can't afford to expend the time and money to make pasties and then have my homemade crust fail on me...not worth it. Pillsbury Rocks!!!

By Snowman (Snowman) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 11:27 am:

Pillsbury and I have a lot in common. I'm shaped like the "Dough Boy".

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 11:46 am:

Do you think it was this very pumpkin patch that Charles Schulz got the idea for "The Great Pumpkin"??? Do you think if we waited long enough it would appear??

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 12:10 pm:

Tell ya what Capt; I'll bring the pasties you bring the hot chocolate, will start tonight and wait until the 31st if we have to. We might not see the Great Pumpkin, but what a great place to spend a month.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 12:13 pm:

I just bought a t-shirt yesterday that has Charlie Brown and the pumpkin patch on it ($5 at Big Lots -- woo hoo!). The t-shirt says "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." I can't wait to wear it at Halloween (or maybe sooner).

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 12:22 pm:

Snowman, Round's a shape. LOL

By Matt Karhu (Matt_k) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 02:38 pm:

Pasty, pulla, and pumpkin pie,
My favorite foods, you know why.
When the weather cools off,
The kitchen doesn't get too warm
When the oven is in use.
(My poetic mind ran out of rhyme.)

Say, wouldn't those first two lines make a pretty good start to a polka? Maybe something like Frank Yankovic used to play when Joey Miskulin was his lead accordionist? (I met those fellas many years ago.)

By k j (Kathiscc) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 03:41 pm:

Ok, I'm from Illinois- what is pulla?
Cindy- you can come for dinner, but why would you leave Michigan to come to Illinois? Yuck. I can't wait to move there.(May be in my dreams). I can't even wait to come UP there.(Maybe in the spring).

By k j (Kathiscc) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 03:51 pm:

It's so easy to make pumpkin pie with a pumpkin. Joy of Cooking (and most other good cookbooks) has a recipe. Cut off the top, cut it in half, scoop out all the seeds and strings and bake it (skin side up)on a greased cookie sheet. Once baked, the skin comes right off. Cool it. Throw it in the food processor ( or a good blender- try batches) and you're ready to go. Use it as you would canned pumpkin. Just so much fresher tasting. And it freezes well, too. That one pumpkin will probably make us 4 pies (2 cups pumpkin each). And then, of course, I roast the seeds. We always roast the seeds when carving them.

By Theresa R Brunk (Trb0013) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 04:38 pm:

I have a T-Shirt that features a Halloween Skeleton on it with a sign that says "Will Work For Candy!" I wore it on Tuesday to drop off my rent check to the Apartment complex Office where I live and everyone had a good laugh. They said at least I have a good sense of humor for someone out of work. I bought it 10 years ago when I was laid off from my job in the Soo. It was tight:) but it stil fit.

By Matt Karhu (Matt_k) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 05:28 pm:

Pulla is a cardamom-flavored, sweet, raised-dough coffee bread, otherwise called nisu.

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 07:26 pm:

is charlie anywhere in that pumpkin patch waiting for the great pumpkin not very funny i know . i remain walter p.

By snowflake (Snowflake34) on Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 11:55 pm:

Marsha - Somero Farm is up from Dollar Bay. Go to Dollar Bay and shortly after the gas station take a left on Airport Park Road. Travel on it for about 2 miles and you'll see the farm on the right side of the road. They have a sign, so you can't miss it.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Friday, October 5, 2007 - 04:04 pm:

Kathiscc -- I wouldn't move to Michigan right now unless you are independently wealthy.

By k j (Kathiscc) on Friday, October 5, 2007 - 04:25 pm:

Cindy- Yeah, that's what I've heard. May have to wait another year or so.
Matt- Pulla sounds really good.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 10:45 pm:

Nice Autumn photo.

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