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Fall Festival

Fall is famous for decorated porches and we know you want to impress your visitors so we have worked with our local growers to bring you a large selection of pumpkins, squash and gourds.

Name Description Photo
Apple Gourds This unique gourd has a nearly perfect apple shape. They are most often used in crafts and fall displays and can be painted red or made into birdhouses. apple-gourds-smaller
Apprentice Mini Pumpkin The apprentice mini pumpkin is not quite a full-sized pumpkin which makes it great for crafters and school classrooms. mini-pumpkin-smaller
Australian Blue Squash Australian Blue Squash is a great treat from regular green and yellow squashes. This squash is quite large with a grayish blue, almost forest green exterior. The interior is a bright and tender orange, pumpkin tasting flesh. austrailian-blue-smaller
Australian Green Squash The Australian Green Squash is dark green with light colored dots. It also has small patches and faint stripes. The flesh is tender and delicious so perfect for baking. austrailian-green-smaller
Big Mac Pumpkins Big Mac pumpkins are extremely large, weighing anywhere between fifty and two hundred pounds. Big Mac pumpkins are not often used for cooking or baking due to their size the flesh becomes dry and fibrous. Most commonly the Big Mac pumpkin is used as a carving pumpkin. Single pumpkin isolated on white
Birdhouse Gourds Birdhouse or bottle gourds are one of the thick-skinned gourds that are mainly used for crafts or decoration. Gourd birdhouses are attractive to many species of birds including wrens, chickadees, swallows, bluebirds, titmice, and nuthatches. Gorgeous Gourds
Blue Pumpkin Blue pumpkins aren’t sad. They’re supposed to be blue. These pumpkins are great for decorative usage and can be carved into blue Jack-O-Lanterns. They can also be used for baking; just peel and cut into pieces before baking. blue-pumpkin-smaller
Cinderella Pumpkins Cinderella Pumpkins feature an exotic blue color and an almost square appearance with deep ribbing. The inside has a deep orange, sweet flesh that can be used for pies, soup, and gourmet culinary delights.  Pumpkin - Clipping Path
Corn Stalks Dried Corn stalks are the perfect fall decorations. They are great for displaying on your porch with pumpkins and gourds. Rows of corn from the ground up
Cushaw Squash The green-striped Cushaw is technically a winter squash though it also produces a spring harvest. It has a tender, pale orange or yellow flesh and is most often pureed and used for baking. It has a very mild flavor that can be overpowered if not careful.  cushaw-smaller
Jack-be-little Pumpkins These pumpkins can be orange or white, and are great for kids. Use them to decorate or they can be baked. Roasting with a little brown sugar, cinnamon and butter is a popular form of preparing these little gems. Decorative pumpkins, Jack-Be-Little Orange, Sugar Pumpkin and Jack-Be-Little White isolated on a white background. These gourds are ornamental for decorating Fall Holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving
Knucklehead pumpkins Knucklehead pumpkins are bright to deep orange in color and covered in varying amounts of warts, scabs or bumps.  Similar to other varieties of pumpkins, Knuckleheads, have a hard, vertically ridged, thick rind and have many culinary and decorative uses.  knucklehead-pumpkin-smaller
Local Pumpkins These pumpkins are perfect for carving a scary Jack-O-Lantern. More info to add when variety is known.  pumpkin-smaller
One Too Many Squash This well named, unique variety has pale red veins which become a darker red with time, giving it an unusual and attractive bloodshot-eye appearance. They are great for decorative use, carving, or making tasty pumpkin pies.  one-too-many-smaller
Ornamental Gourds Ornamental gourds are decorative on their own as natural birdhouses or in craft projects. The oddly-shaped colorful gourds often seen in autumn decorations and can be dried and saved for future years.  ornamental-gourds-smaller
Sweet Lightning Pumpkins This unique white ornamental mini pumpkin features orange or green stripes.  These little treasures are fun to decorate with and great for kids.  sweet-lightning-smaller
Red Warty Thing Squash Aptly named, this Red Warty Thing looks like an overgrown ornamental gourd. But don’t be fooled by its peculiar looks; not only is it a super fall decoration, the stringless, fine-grained flesh is of excellent eating quality. Pumpkin With Warts
Sugar Pie Pumpkins Sugar Pie pumpkins have very smooth textured, bright orange flesh. They are most often used in baking and have the finest flavor for making mouthwatering pies.  mini-pumpkin-smaller
Swan Gourds This gourd is dark green with cream flecks and is shaped just like a swan with a long, elegant neck. With their graceful form and alluring color, they are naturally ornamental and most often used as décor.  swan-gourd-smaller
Turk Turban Squash These come in bizarre shapes with extravagant coloration that vary from bright orange, to green or white. It has golden-yellow flesh and its taste is reminiscent to hazelnut. It is popular for centerpieces but can be sliced and hollowed to be filled with soup.  turk-turbon-smaller
Uncle Fester Squash This pink to orange Pumpkin has markings that grow to look like peanuts. You may not want to take it out to the ball park, but it will fit in nicely when decorating for fall. It can also be used for baking, just peel and cut it into pieces before baking.  uncle-fester-smaller
White Ghost Pumpkins This pumpkin has a white skin and white flesh. It’s not good for eating, but perfect for a Jack-O-Lantern.  white-pumpkin-smaller

Stop by our Fall Festival today and pick up your favorite pumpkins, squash and gourds.

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Eat More Color

Fresh fruit and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. Regularly consuming fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Aside from the great health benefits, they taste absolutely fantastic. Learn more about what is fresh and when it’s in season below.

Sliced tomato

Tomato

The best tomatoes can be found during the months of May and October and is one of the most diverse fruits. They can be eaten whole, sliced, diced, purreed and more! Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, K and potassium, so get ready to enjoy all of health benefits that come from this acidic and versatile fruit.

Strawberries

Strawberry

Strawberries are a sweet fruit that grow back every single year- as they are perennial plants. They contain tons of vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system and keep you looking fresh. Enjoy these in a jam, pie or with sugar and cream.

sliced orange

Orange

Enjoy the ripest oranges when most fruits are off season (December through March) fresh, in a marmalade or dried simply for the scent. To boost your immune system during cold and flu season, be sure to eat a lot of oranges. They are full of vitamin C and other great nutrients.

cut cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

The best and sweetest cantaloupes can be found June through August. These have an incredibly long growing time, about 90 days, so it’s key to get these while they are perfectly in season. Cantaloupes are full of vitamin C, A and loaded with potassium.

sliced banana

Banana

As you may or may not know, humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas. Though bananas are not intelligent beings, they are full of fiber, so they will keep you full for a longer time. Bananas are unique in that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking.

yellow bell pepper

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and have delightfully specific flavors for each color. Bell peppers are commonly found in fajitas, stuffed or in a variety of casseroles.

lime

Lime

A single lime has the power to change the flavor of any dish drastically. It is often used in fresh guacamole, but you can add it to nearly any dish. Though limes are 88% water, they contain a significant amount of vitamin C to help you boost your immune system.

spinach

Spinach

Did you know spinach has a season? Find the best and freshest spinach from March to June. Spinach is rich in protein, calcium, iron and more! This super food is great for adding to any dish or consuming raw.

cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage, specifically purple cabbage, contains more vitamin C than any other color of cabbage. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Enjoy cabbage in egg rolls, in a slaw or a stir-fry.

blueberries

Blueberry

Blueberries can be found all year long and are a great addition to any dish needing a burst of sweetness. Blueberries are likely the most well known superfood, are low in calorie, and contain a ton of fiber.

Sliced tomato

Eat More Color!

Fresh fruit and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. Regularly consuming fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Aside from the great health benefits, they taste absolutely fantastic. Learn more about what is fresh and when it’s in season below.

Sliced tomato

Tomato

The best tomatoes can be found during the months of May and October and is one of the most diverse fruits. They can be eaten whole, sliced, diced, purreed and more! Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, K and potassium, so get ready to enjoy all of health benefits that come from this acidic and versatile fruit.

Strawberries

Strawberry

Strawberries are a sweet fruit that grow back every single year- as they are perennial plants. They contain tons of vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system and keep you looking fresh. Enjoy these in a jam, pie or with sugar and cream.

sliced orange

Orange

Enjoy the ripest oranges when most fruits are off season (December through March) fresh, in a marmalade or dried simply for the scent. To boost your immune system during cold and flu season, be sure to eat a lot of oranges. They are full of vitamin C and other great nutrients.

cut cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

The best and sweetest cantaloupes can be found June through August. These have an incredibly long growing time, about 90 days, so it’s key to get these while they are perfectly in season. Cantaloupes are full of vitamin C, A and loaded with potassium.

sliced banana

Banana

As you may or may not know, humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas. Though bananas are not intelligent beings, they are full of fiber, so they will keep you full for a longer time. Bananas are unique in that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking.

yellow bell pepper

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and have delightfully specific flavors for each color. Bell peppers are commonly found in fajitas, stuffed or in a variety of casseroles.

lime

Lime

A single lime has the power to change the flavor of any dish drastically. It is often used in fresh guacamole, but you can add it to nearly any dish. Though limes are 88% water, they contain a significant amount of vitamin C to help you boost your immune system.

spinach

Spinach

Did you know spinach has a season? Find the best and freshest spinach from March to June. Spinach is rich in protein, calcium, iron and more! This super food is great for adding to any dish or consuming raw.

cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage, specifically purple cabbage, contains more vitamin C than any other color of cabbage. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Enjoy cabbage in egg rolls, in a slaw or a stir-fry.

blueberries

Blueberry

Blueberries can be found all year long and are a great addition to any dish needing a burst of sweetness. Blueberries are likely the most well known superfood, are low in calorie, and contain a ton of fiber.

watermelon feta and blueberry fruit salad

Patriotic Fruit Salad

Nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as a watermelon salad. For a simple and quick salad, follow the instructions below.

Ingredients:

1/2 large watermlon

4 oz. blueberries

4 oz. feta

1 cup lime juice

Instructions:

Add watermelon, blueberries, and feta into a large bowl. Toss with lime juice and serve cold.

cherry turnover pastry on white

Cherry Turnovers

cherry turnover pastry on white

Have a cherry good day with this delicious and easy turnover recipe. Grab some puff pastry and cherry pie filling and you’ll be on your turnover way!

Ingredients:

1 box puff pastry

1 cup cherry pie filling

1 large egg

1 tbsp water

Instructions:

Set oven to 375 degrees.

Slice puff pastry into 8 squares. Add cherry pie filling to the center of each square.

Dip a brush or finger in the water and place around the edges. Then fold in the puff pastry from one corner to the other to create a triangle. Be sure to close the filling inside.

Use a fork to press and seal the edges together, or pinch with your fingers.

Place prepped turnovers onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk one egg in a small bowl with water. Then brush on top of each pastry. Sprinkle with sugar (optional).

Bake for about 20-25 minutes until your turnovers are golden brown.

Enjoy!

top view of a glass filled with shirley temple drink and cherries for garnish

Classic Shirley Temple

view of the top of a shirley temple in a glass with fresh cherries

Nothing beats the nostalgia of sipping on a refreshing shirley temple. The lemon-lime and cherry flavoring are ‘shirley’ the best way to bring you right back to your childhood.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

1 1/2 tbsp grenadine syrup

Cherries

Instructions:

Fill up a tall glass with ice. Then combine the lemon-lime soda with the grenadine syrup. Stir well, and add the cherries on top. Enjoy!

chocolate ice cream in a bowl

Milk Alternative Ice Cream

chocolate ice cream in a bowl

Dare we say this ice cream is as delicious as the whole milk option? We think it just might pass the test. Try our milk alternative ice cream recipe for all your dairy-free friends.

Start by picking a non-dairy ice cream base. Here are some of the ones we have tried:

  • Soy Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Macadamia Milk

Note that different milks give different results. Take time to look through the fat content of each type, as ones with higher fat will make a creamier ice cream. In order to control the ice cream flavor best, we recommend getting an unsweetened and plain flavor.

Try our recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream!

Ingredients:

3 cups unsweetened almond milk

6 large egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp xantham gum (optional)

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and combine cocoa powder and half of your almost milk. Whisk consistently until combined. Then add remaining almond milk and bring it to a simmer (stir occasionally). Remove from heat after around 3 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, add your egg yolks and whisk them until they are light in color. Gradually add sugar while whisking frequently to emulsify the two. Look for a thick mixture that slowly falls from your whisk.

Scoop your warmed cocoa powder and milk mixture in a 1/3 cup and combine with your eggs. Whisk to combine. Add remaining liquid in slowly and gradually, then mix until they are all combined.

If you chose to get xantham gum, you can add it here and mix once more all together to help thicken your ice cream.

Then, add the vanilla extract and mix one final time. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 6-8 hours but preferably over night. Remove once completely cooled.

This is best added to a chilled ice cream container that you have pre-chilled overnight as well.

Serve as a soft serve if eaten quickly, or continue to chill in the freezer for 6-8 hours in a freezer safe container.

Enjoy!

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July Produce Guide

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July is the perfect season for backyard BBQs, pool parties and everything else fun in the sun. We have put together a basket full of perfect snacking and fresh fruits and veggies that will be ripe all month long.

Cherries are the superfood of summer. They contain vitamin c and a ton of fiber with no fat or cholesterol. Use them in your favorite cherry pie recipe or snack on them all by themselves.

Cucumbers contain nearly every vitamin you need on a daily basis. Because they are so vitamin rich, they are the perfect replacement for a caffeinated soda when you’re tired.

Corn is grown on every continent but one, Antarctica. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B. Put corn right on the grill or add them into your favorite salsa.

Blackberries are an extremely versatile berry and contain high amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Add them to your perfect charcuterie or mash them into a jam.