Is the Purpose of Gourds to Delight?

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

Kentucky's gourds this year seem even more exotic than I remember. These are not dipper gourds or birdhouse gourds. These seem to exist only to make our eyes lighter and our hearts softer from the sheer wonder, beauty, and silliness of their looks.

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

They grow by the bushel, apparently finding this year's late season dryness quite to their liking.

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

Hmmmmm.....beauty is not the first word that comes to mind here, but wonder -- yes, we still have plenty of wonder about this gourd, so unashamedly warty .

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

A pumpkin look-alike -- or really a pumpkin?

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

These add flares to the warty theme.

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

Jolly greenish beast wants to stay close to prim beauty.

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

The Perky Sisters!

 Kentucky gourd

Kentucky gourd

Swan Lake? Or at least Swan Basket?

Thank you to the farmers who tended these beautiful creatures and brought them to the Lexington Farmers Market last weekend.

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The world is coming to visit central Kentucky this year for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. To help our visitors know more about Kentucky's food and food ways, Savoring Kentucky is rolling out 116 Savory Kentucky Bites, one for each of the 100 days before WEG begins, and 16 for the days during WEG, September 25 - October 10. Today's Savory Bite is number 96.

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