Harvesting Local Squash with Garden Artist Haydee Ullfig
I never thought I would use the words “Loxahatchee” and “dreamy” in the same sentence. Yet, here I am, reminiscing over the breezy evening we spent harvesting local squash with Haydee Ullfig, a self-described garden artist.
Sourcing organic, exotic produce was part of the homework (and fun!) for our upcoming Culinary Arts Pop-Up: Make Thyme for a New Squash. Get a behind the scenes look at our time in Ullfig’s garden, in preparation for our October 19 workshop at one of the hottest galleries in Palm Beach County: The Box Gallery. Run by local trailblazer Rolando Chang Barrero, The Box is now home to Chef Nina‘s Contemporary Food Design Workshops.
Swaying soothingly, the Australian pine trees around her Loxahatchee garden captivated me. The trees serve as the all-knowing narrator to the story of Ullfig’s journey with art.
We experienced a part of this story at Ullfig’s garden, delighting in the art of nature and the nature of art–the true essence of a garden artist. The squash blossoms, though closed in the evening, were a sight to see.
To feature in our upcoming workshop, Ullfig gifted us with a beautiful Jamaican Pumpkin. From the cucurbita moschata variety, this squash if often referred to as a Haitian Pumpkin, Caribbean Pumpkin, Abóbora, or Cuban Squash.
Get another glimpse into our adventure at Ullfig’s garden here: