PUMPKINS & WINTER SQUASH

One more week until Halloween–That time of year that we love to carve Jack-O-Lanterns with a small child…or even a LARGE one!

Lloyd Craft Farms pumpkins are sold at Reese’s & Ray’s IGA.  Also the funky and new ornamental pumpkins called Knucklehead with WARTS and all!

$3.99 per pumpkin, no matter size!  Knuckleheads are $4.99

Also for sale are all the Winter Squash that you love, price $1.49/#–Delicata, Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard, Kabocha, Buttercup, and Hubbard 

WHY EAT WINTER SQUASH?

*Tasty source of complex carbohydrate (natural sugar and starch)

and fiber. Fiber, which was once called roughage, absorbs water and becomes bulky

in the stomach. It works throughout the intestinal track, cleaning and moving waste

quickly out of the body. Research suggests that this soluble fiber plays an important

role in reducing the incidence of colon cancer.

*Source of potassium, niacin, iron and beta carotene. As a general

rule, the deeper the orange color, the higher the beta carotene content. Beta carotene

is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A being essential for healthy skin,

vision, bone development and maintenance as well as many other functions.

Winter Squash, including Pumpkins, can be cooked and froze for use in soups and as ‘mashed potatoes’ throughout the winter months.  The Hubbards and Kabocha are excellent storage pumpkins for ‘fresh’ use.  Other varieties are Acorn, Delicata, and Buttercup.  the small orange and cream colored squash are sweet pumpkins–cute ornamentals but a great meal:  top and scoop out seeds, bake in oven at 350 degrees until tender.  You can add maple syrup, honey, brown sugar to the cavity during the baking process to enhance the sweet taste.

The Farmer’s Wife

 

 

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