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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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Dish of blueberry crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Dish of blueberry crumble
Fruit desserts are good the whole year but there is something about a warm blueberry crumble on a chilly autumn evening that just feels right. The yummy, gooey taste of blueberries paired with a generous amount of brown sugar topping, served with vanilla ice cream is a favorite. You can either use fresh or frozen blueberries which makes this dessert super easy to plan and make! The brown sugar topping is amazing – if you want to make this treat a little extra special, double the topping part. So, invite some friends over, turn on the fire place and have a good time!
Ingredients
Filling
4 cups of fresh blueberries or a 16 oz package of frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Topping
¾ cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 dash of salt
1/3 cup of butter, cubed
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°
Filling
In an ungreased 1 ½ quart casserole dish, mix together the lemon juice and blueberries
In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Add mixture to blueberries.
Topping
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar and salt in a bowl and then cut in butter. Spread topping over the blueberries.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until topping is light brown and the blueberry mixture is bubbling.
We love this served warm with a scoop of ice cream!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

This creamy, apple flavored spread can be used on almost anything! You’ll find yourself using it on toast, pancakes, muffins, grilled turkey and even spreading some on your ice cream!

Ingredients

6 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped finely (we recommend Honeycrisp, Gala or Red Delicious)

½ cup sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

Place prepared apples in slow cooker and add sugar, brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix together.

Turn slow cooker on low and cook for about 10 hours. Stir about every 2 hours.

For a smoother texture, use blender to puree the apple butter.

Enjoy warm or refrigerate up to 2 weeks!

apple cider

Apple Cider

apple cider

Homemade apple cider is the perfect fall drink, it is super easy to make, it tastes AMAZING, and, arguably one of the best parts, it will leave your home smelling incredible.

Ingredients

8 cups apple juice

½ cup brown sugar

1 apple, cut in half

1 orange, unpeeled and sliced circularly into ¼ inch slices

2 teaspoons whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon allspice

Directions

Place the wholes cloves into both halves of the apple on both the skin and flesh sides.

Pour apple juice into a large pot and heat over medium heat

Once the apple juice is heated stir in brown sugar until dissolved

Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer

Let simmer for 20 minutes

Remove apple halves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and clove pieces from mixture

Enjoy hot

Soup It Up this Season

Have you heard of adding chocolate to chili?

Is it nuts to add almonds to tomato soup?

What about coconut milk in your chicken noodle?

At our store, we’re souping it up this winter with tips, tricks and weekly deals to help you build a better bowl. Plus, we have all the sides to make your meal amazing.

Here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Chili

Chocolate is added to chili for the same reason it is added to Mole’ sauce: it lends body, color, and flavor. A typical recipe calls for two squares of bittersweet chocolate or one to two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Either will give your chili a wonderful flavor boost. Chocolate can be added to almost any recipe including this one from Full Circle Market. http://fullcirclefoods.com/fc_recipes/turkey-chili/

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle

Chicken noodle soup is a winter-time favorite that warms the heart and soul. Put a spin on the classic with coconut milk and curry. One to one and a half cans of coconut milk and two tablespoons of curry make for an absolutely delicious change up.

Sweet Potato Soup with Blackberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes are seeing a rise in popularity due to their health benefits and flavor. Blackberry sauce is the perfect complement to the silky, smooth taste of sweet potatoes. Simply stir in a spoonful to two to taste and your bowl will be ready to go.

 Tomato Soup with Almonds

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of health nuts and fitness fanatics, almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. The unique nutrient combination of almonds — plant-based protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, plus key nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium — help make them a welcome addition to most diets. Adding a handful of sliced almonds to your favorite tomato soup will add texture, nutrients and flavor.

Green Pea Soup with Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is known for its calciumpotassiumprotein, zinc, and vitaminsB6 and B12. Adding a half cup of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt to green pea soup provides creaminess without the calories of heavy cream.

Leftover Lovers

Many leftovers make great additions to either homemade or store-bought soups. Rice, leftover vegetables, last-night’s pasta or leftover chicken, beef or pork can all add nutrients and flavor to your cold-weather classics.

Ramped-Up Ramen

Ramen noodles, yes, the college-student’s standby, has seen a satisfying resurgence of late. While there are dozens of ways to put a twist on ramen, one of our favorites is to add a sesame peanut sauce. As the noodles cook, put sesame oil, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl.  Relieve some stress by giving the mixture a good whisking until it becomes a smooth, consistent sauce. Mix it in the soup and you’ll cure your craving for takeout in a jiffy.

Ice Cream Soup

Okay, this might be a stretch, but hear us out. You know those last few spoonfuls of ice cream, the ones that typically signal the end of your splurge? Rather than go for another bowl, simply add freshly chopped frozen fruit for a frozen treat that can’t be beat. One of our favorites is raspberry lemonade sherbet from Red Button Vintage Creamery. It’s tart flavor partners with fruit add ins for a “soup” that truly satisfies. Here are some other flavors to consider http://www.redbuttoncreamery.com/ice-cream-flavor-list/

Soup It Up this Season

Have you heard of adding chocolate to chili?

Is it nuts to add almonds to tomato soup?

What about coconut milk in your chicken noodle?

At our store, we’re souping it up this winter with tips, tricks and weekly deals to help you build a better bowl. Plus, we have all the sides to make your meal amazing.

Here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Chili

Chocolate is added to chili for the same reason it is added to Mole’ sauce: it lends body, color, and flavor. A typical recipe calls for two squares of bittersweet chocolate or one to two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Either will give your chili a wonderful flavor boost. Chocolate can be added to almost any recipe including this one from Full Circle Market. http://fullcirclefoods.com/fc_recipes/turkey-chili/

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle

Chicken noodle soup is a winter-time favorite that warms the heart and soul. Put a spin on the classic with coconut milk and curry. One to one and a half cans of coconut milk and two tablespoons of curry make for an absolutely delicious change up.

Sweet Potato Soup with Blackberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes are seeing a rise in popularity due to their health benefits and flavor. Blackberry sauce is the perfect complement to the silky, smooth taste of sweet potatoes. Simply stir in a spoonful to two to taste and your bowl will be ready to go.

 Tomato Soup with Almonds

Almonds are the most popular nuts in the United States. A favorite of health nuts and fitness fanatics, almonds have become famous for their versatility and health benefits. The unique nutrient combination of almonds — plant-based protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, plus key nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium — help make them a welcome addition to most diets. Adding a handful of sliced almonds to your favorite tomato soup will add texture, nutrients and flavor.

Green Pea Soup with Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is known for its calciumpotassiumprotein, zinc, and vitaminsB6 and B12. Adding a half cup of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt to green pea soup provides creaminess without the calories of heavy cream.

Leftover Lovers

Many leftovers make great additions to either homemade or store-bought soups. Rice, leftover vegetables, last-night’s pasta or leftover chicken, beef or pork can all add nutrients and flavor to your cold-weather classics.

Ramped-Up Ramen

Ramen noodles, yes, the college-student’s standby, has seen a satisfying resurgence of late. While there are dozens of ways to put a twist on ramen, one of our favorites is to add a sesame peanut sauce. As the noodles cook, put sesame oil, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl.  Relieve some stress by giving the mixture a good whisking until it becomes a smooth, consistent sauce. Mix it in the soup and you’ll cure your craving for takeout in a jiffy.

Ice Cream Soup

Okay, this might be a stretch, but hear us out. You know those last few spoonfuls of ice cream, the ones that typically signal the end of your splurge? Rather than go for another bowl, simply add freshly chopped frozen fruit for a frozen treat that can’t be beat. One of our favorites is raspberry lemonade sherbet from Red Button Vintage Creamery. It’s tart flavor partners with fruit add ins for a “soup” that truly satisfies. Here are some other flavors to consider http://www.redbuttoncreamery.com/ice-cream-flavor-list/

Five Tips for Fall Fresh Decor

The leaves are changing and the autumn cool breeze is here to stay. It is definitely time for fall décor. There is nothing more appealing than using fall fresh elements to cozy up your home, especially when it comes to decorating your porch or entryway. Your front porch is the first thing that welcomes you and your family home so you want to make sure it is visually appealing and inviting.

We have put together five fall porch décor tips to make your decorating festive, fresh and fun!

  1. Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins- You can never have too many pumpkins adorning your porch. There are so many varieties to use to draw everyone’s attention to your front door. Have fun with the assorted colors, shapes and sizes. Try stacking them, piling a bunch in a basket or creating a pumpkin pathway leading straight to your door. You will find so many choices at our stores. Click here to see the many varieties we carry.
  2. Mum’s the word- We won’t be silent about the love we have for mums in the fall! Using fresh flowers like mums in your fall décor is always a hit. There are so many options when decorating with mums. The array of petal colors are perfect to balance out your porch. They help add height and dimension. Play around with placing the mums in different baskets to enhance your design style. Terra cotta pots, metal pots and wood barrels are just a few great ideas.
  3. Hay isn’t just for horses- Nope it’s for your porch too! Using hay in your porch décor is not only visually appealing but can also serve as seating. Throw a fall blanket and a few pumpkins around the edge and you have yourself a fall festive bench perfect for evening chats and cider sipping.
  4. Corn is a-MAIZE-ing- Cornstalks are great for framing out your porch. Placing two on each side of your door, window or porch columns can help draw attention to where you are wanting focus. Bundle them together with jute, twine or a pop of color fall ribbon.
  5. Lastly, have fun with it- Simple fall décor full of pumpkins, hay and corn is always great but venture out a bit and try new things. Want some different colors? Paint a pumpkin or use fun colored baskets. The most important part about decorating your porch is to express yourself so your family, neighbors and friends know the mood, feeling and fun they will have when they walk through your front door.

Five Tips for Fall Fresh Decor

The leaves are changing and the autumn cool breeze is here to stay. It is definitely time for fall décor. There is nothing more appealing than using fall fresh elements to cozy up your home, especially when it comes to decorating your porch or entryway. Your front porch is the first thing that welcomes you and your family home so you want to make sure it is visually appealing and inviting.

We have put together five fall porch décor tips to make your decorating festive, fresh and fun!

  1. Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins- You can never have too many pumpkins adorning your porch. There are so many varieties to use to draw everyone’s attention to your front door. Have fun with the assorted colors, shapes and sizes. Try stacking them, piling a bunch in a basket or creating a pumpkin pathway leading straight to your door. You will find so many choices at our stores. Click here to see the many varieties we carry.
  2. Mum’s the word- We won’t be silent about the love we have for mums in the fall! Using fresh flowers like mums in your fall décor is always a hit. There are so many options when decorating with mums. The array of petal colors are perfect to balance out your porch. They help add height and dimension. Play around with placing the mums in different baskets to enhance your design style. Terra cotta pots, metal pots and wood barrels are just a few great ideas.
  3. Hay isn’t just for horses- Nope it’s for your porch too! Using hay in your porch décor is not only visually appealing but can also serve as seating. Throw a fall blanket and a few pumpkins around the edge and you have yourself a fall festive bench perfect for evening chats and cider sipping.
  4. Corn is a-MAIZE-ing- Cornstalks are great for framing out your porch. Placing two on each side of your door, window or porch columns can help draw attention to where you are wanting focus. Bundle them together with jute, twine or a pop of color fall ribbon.
  5. Lastly, have fun with it- Simple fall décor full of pumpkins, hay and corn is always great but venture out a bit and try new things. Want some different colors? Paint a pumpkin or use fun colored baskets. The most important part about decorating your porch is to express yourself so your family, neighbors and friends know the mood, feeling and fun they will have when they walk through your front door.

Baking with Pumpkins

Baking With Pumpkins

As a member of the gourd family, pumpkins have a variety of uses.  The most popular use is of course the carving of Jack-O-Lanterns; however, there are many other things that a pumpkin can be incorporated into.  We’ve given you some fun cooking and recipe ideas to make sure your fall season is unforgettable!

pumpkin

One thing to understand is which pumpkin to use for specific things.

For Pies & Purees

  • Sugar Pie Pumpkins
  • Cinderella Pumpkins

These pumpkins are sweet and have a less dense skin that allows easy baking.  You won’t be disappointed in the taste!  For step-by-step instructions on how to make your own puree visit Allrecipes.com

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Everyone loves pumpkin pie! With these simple Mini Pumpkin Pies your whole family can enjoy their own treat.

Pumpkin Crumble

Pumpkin crumble is sort of a pumpkin pie and a pumpkin cake mix. It’s so delicious and simple and a great dessert replacement if you don’t want to take the time to bake a pie.

Pumpkin Brownies

Put a scrumptious fall twist on an all-time favorite treat with these perfect brownies.

Count us in!  For those chilly days, cozy up by the fireplace and have a slice of this delicious dessert.  The fall is great for many reasons, but the flavors are our favorite. 

Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin. Oats. Chocolate Chips. You can’t go wrong with those ingredients in this delicious fall treat.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your favorite dessert with a new twist!

Happy Fall!

 

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Butternut Noodles with Creamy Bacon Sauce

You made have heard of zoodles on Pintrest, but do you actually know what they are?  Zoodles are veggies spiralized into long, curly pieces that are a great pasta replacement. They are simple to make if you have the right kitchen gadgets, but can take quite a bit of time. We’re here to save you time, so we have many zoodle varieties already spiralized and ready to throw into a recipe. This recipe uses our delicious butternut noodles, which you can pick up in our fresh-cut fruit and vegetable section every day for just $5.

Calories: 356  Protein: 11g  Carbohydrate: 22g  Fiber: 3g  Fat: 27g  Sat Fat: 5g  Sodium:  590 mg

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1, 1lb package spiralized butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • Leaves from 3 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cups water hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 oz bacon, diced
  • 4 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in frying pan over medium heat
  2. Add whole cloves garlic and sage to pan, cook until fragrant and the garlic starts to turn brown (about 3 minutes)
  3. Add garlic and sage to blender along with cashews, water, and salt; puree until smooth
  4. Add mushrooms and bacon to frying pan; cook until bacon is crispy and mushrooms brown (about 5 minutes)
  5. In a separate pan, heat remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in pan over medium-high heat; add spiralized butternut squash and cook, stirring frequently, until noodles turn golden brown (about 8 minutes)
  6. Plate butternut squash, drizzle with cashew sauce, and top with bacon and mushrooms; serve immediately.