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Pumpkin Carving Hacks You NEED To Know!

“Carving a pumpkin isn’t hard,” you say. This is true, but these hacks are sure to make your life even easier! So, check them out and don’t forget to pick up your perfect pumpkin at the Fort Collins-Loveland market!

Use a dry erase marker instead of a Sharpie to draw on your pumpkin, so you can erase if you need to!

2. For quick and easy punch outs, use a cookie cutter and a mallet!

3. Short on time? Use a power drill.

4. If you’re proud of your finished pum...

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Herbs That Thrive Inside During Winter

Fall is nearly here and that means the vendors at the Fort Collins-Loveland Farmers market are busy harvesting the “fruits of their labor” from the spring and summer. That is why now is such a great time to visit the markets. However, it also means that winter is just around the corner and you won’t be able to visit us for fresh produce until next season. With that in mind, we have a list of herbs you can start indoors to add some freshness to your meals this coming winter.

Chives
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Safe At-Home Food Preservation Methods

Save money, eat healthier, and enjoy better tasting food by preserving your fresh Farmers Market finds at home!

The Fort Collins-Loveland Farmers Market has compiled a list of approved methods for safe food preservation with links to resources to help you through each process.

CANNING

Canning is the process of placing your food in jars or cans and heating them to a temperature that kills microorganisms and inactive enzymes. As the jars/cans cool, a vacuum seal is created. There are ...

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What The Heck Are Hakurei Turnips?

If you have been to one of our June markets, you will notice we already have an impressive variety of produce available. Many things you are probably very familiar with (hello, carrots), other things you may not be so familiar with... like these beautiful Hakurei Turnips.

 

Like all turnips, Hakurei, or Tokyo turnips, are a member of the Brassica family. This Japanese variety is also known as a salad turnip because it has a crisp and delicious raw flavor. Unlike other varieties of...

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Featured Recipe: Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

What could be better than bread pudding and a seasonal favorite like butternut squash? This simple recipe combines the best of both worlds and could be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu! Check it out:

Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1+1/2 pounds butternut squash (about half a medium squash). Peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Kosher salt and black peppe...

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Featured Recipe: Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

It's that time of year...pumpkin pie time! Though making it from scratch may seem tedious, we can all agree that it is well worth it. Try this rich recipe from Simply Recipes.

INGREDIENTS 

 

2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin or from canned pumpkin purée (can also use puréed cooked butternut squash)
1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of ...

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Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Halloween is just a few days away! If you're hosting (or attending) an adult costume party, you'll definitely want to try this delicious, seasonal treat.

 INGREDIENTS 

1 (3-pound) pumpkin
Coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
1/4 pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 pound Gruyere, Emmenthal or cheddar cheese (or a mix of all three!) cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, split, germ removed and coarsely chopped
4 slices bacon, cooke...

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Featured Recipe: Fresh Cherry Pie!

A ruby-red treat, perfect for fall!

Ingredients 

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup cherry juice blend
4 cups fresh pie cherries (pitted) or frozen cherries, pitted & ready to use
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Pastry 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
5-7 tablespoons cold water

Directions 

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in c...

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Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Chili

Fall is officially here, which means it's time for chili! Why not get creative with this seasonal favorite and incorporate local ingredients such as pumpkin and Colorado chilies?

Ingredients

3-pound pumpkin or other orange-fleshed squash such as butternut, Red Kuri, or Golden Hubbard
2 medium turnips, about 3/4 pound
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons t...

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Featured Recipe: Roasted Red Bell Peppers with Eggplant

Ingredients 

Peppers: 
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 2 Medium red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, cored & seeded
- 1 tablespoon EVOO

Eggplant: 
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Two 8-ounce eggplants, trimmed & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Filling: 
- One 26-ounce jar tomato-basil sauce
- 20 pitted medium black olives, chopped
- 20 pitted medium green olives, chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed & drained
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1...

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