This year the nine pumpkin vines have only produced two tiny pumpkins. We know not why, except that the soil needs to be reworked from several seasons of vegetable growing. Maybe a lack of bees to pollinate the flowers, but even hand pollination has only taken twice.
And yet, all is not lost; the plants have produced an abundance of flowers -- more than enough to create several delicious meals this summer.
There are many ways to bring squash blossoms to the table. You can find recipes online for "Battered Squash Blossoms," or "Stuffed Squash Blossoms," or "Squash Blossom Pizza," or "Squash Blossom Frittata." You can add them to soups and omelets. Make everyone wonder what on earth you've done to grandma's famous hush puppy recipe by adding squash blossoms to the potatoes.
Enjoy these remaining great days of summer weather and may your cold sensitive vegetables ripen before the killing frost.