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Fall into some fun!

Crisp mornings, leaves of every color and pumpkins (and pumpkin spice) are everywhere. That’s right. Fall is here!! And we can’t get enough. The changing of seasons always brings the sadness of the season left behind and the joy of what is new. What is to come you ask? Well let’s see…PUMPKINS!!  Fall is not complete with pumpkins. And there are so many colors, shapes, sizes and flavors. Wait, flavors?! Yes, pumpkins and winter squash are made to be eaten. Here are 5 that are just perfect for this fall season.

 

1. Acorn Squash

photo: chowhound.com

photo: chowhound.com

Acorn squash are such a versatile vegetable. The Distinctive ridges on the outside give way to sweet, yellow-orange flesh inside. These can be stuffed, steamed, grilled, baked or stuffed with sweet or savory fillings.

2. Red Kuri Pumpkin

photo: relishingit.com

photo: relishingit.com

The Red Kuri Pumpkin/Squash has a bright orange flesh that stands out in the crowd. The thick skin covers a very delicate and mellow chestnut-like flavor. It is often baked and added to stir-frys to add a sweet hint to the dish.

3. Butternut Squash

photo: naturallyella.com

photo: naturallyella.com

The Butternut squash is another staple of fall. The uniquely shaped squash has a tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. As the squash ripens it becomes increasingly sweeter and richer. It makes for a great ravioli filling.

4. Cinderella or Cheese Pumpkins

photo: thespruce.com

photo: thespruce.com

 

Named for looking similar to the pumpkin the Fairy Godmother turned into a coach, this pumpkin is so versatile. The sweet taste works perfectly for French Pumpkin Pie or Roasted Cinderella Pumpkin soup. Plus they are so beautiful!!

5. Sugar Pie Pumpkins

photo: SteamyKitchen.com

photo: SteamyKitchen.com

The name says it all. Sugary and sweet! These small orange flesh pumpkins roast so nice to make a delicious puree. The puree is a great addition to smoothies, spiced muffins and of course pie!


The Bay Area is speckled with farms that yield lots of fun festive activities and harvests. Take a family trip to explore some of these local farms. Don’t forget this weekend Oct 14-15, 2017 is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival!

Coast:
Lemos Farms
Pastorino Farms
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm
Arata’s Farm

North Bay:
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch

South Bay:
Spina Farms
ABC Tree Farms (multiple locations on all side of the bay)


As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.
— Genesis 8:22
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