Stock Up on Hardy Winter Squash and Pumpkins for the Best Recipes

It’s nearly the end of the Fall Harvest, and as farmer’s markets and produce stands are winding down along the East Coast and Midwest, it’s time to stock up for the winter.

Buy Hardy Winter Squash Varieties that Will Last Throughout Winter

Squash – there are still several varieties of squashes available. Look for the mature varieties of

  • Acorn
  • Butternut
  • Buttercup
  • Delicata
  • Hubbard
  • Pumpkins (sugar or pie)
  • Turban
  • Spaghetti
Types of Winter Squash

Pumpkins and winter squash (over 40 varieties are available) are stocked full of vitamins and provide a healthy dose of  beta carotene antioxidants to fight off winter flu bugs. Squash and pumpkins also contain Vitamin C, Iron and riboflavin along with the benefits of being low in calories, but high in fiber. Weight conscious people will also appreciate that these orange veggies are cholestrol and fat-free.

Unlike yellow squash, zucchini and other types of summer squash, the hardier winter squash can be kept for 2 to 4 months if stored correctly, and if bought directly from the field.

Start stocking up and saving for the winter months ahead with these delicious recipes, you will enjoy the hearty flavors of pumpkin and squash soup that these recipes provide.

How to Cook Winter Squash

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs

Seasonal Produce at Ohio’s Farmer’s Markets – Sept. to October

What produce should be stocking up on now for the winter? Here’s a list of available veggies and fruit you should buy from your local farmer’s markets and roadside produce stands.

Welcome to Autumn! Today is the first day of Fall, and if you’re in the Mid-west to East Coast, you’ll notice the leaves are turning colors and although the weather may still be warm, it’s still a great time to stock up on all the delicious produce that’s available late September to early October.

What produce should be stocking up on now for the winter? Here’s a list of available veggies and fruit you should buy from your local farmer’s markets and roadside produce stands:
Apples
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Corn
Eggplant
Grapes
Lima Beans
Okra
Onions
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Tomatoes

Mmmmm….these look and taste soo good when you can buy them fresh out of the garden or fields. I’m also still picking red, yellow and green peppers from roadside produce stands.

I have a delicious recipe for Red Pepper-Tomato soup as well. Look for this in my next post!