Finding The Perfect Pumpkin – Your Local Guide
With all of the excitement of fall, it can seem to go by too fast! While most of us are still enjoying the beautiful,mild weather we must not forget that the season can only last so long. There’s still so much cider to drink, so many apples to pick… and don’t forget about pumpkins! Whether you like to create your own jack-o-lantern for halloween festivities, bake delicious seasonal goodies, or decorate the house for an autumn ambiance, pumpkins and pumpkin picking seem to just make sense in the fall.
There are plenty of local farms, and stores where you can buy and pick your own pumpkins. If you prefer to make a quick stop, check out The Farm at Eastman’s Corner in Kensington, NH where you will find the above stand at $0.50/lb for beautifully locally grown pumpkins. While you’re there, don’t miss out on their gorgeous farm stand, cafe, and live animals! Heron Pond Farm is another location with gourds for sale. You can find their stand in South Hampton, NH with pumpkins for sale at $0.59/lb
If you are more of a pick-your-own type, you will not want to overlook Smolack Farm in North Andover, MA for a day well spent at the farm. This farm has all the New England Charm you could ever wish for, and pumpkins at $0.60/lb. Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, NH is a place you should plan to visit on a Saturday, or Sunday (11:00am-5:00pm) through October for their Fall Festivals. In addition to picking your own pumpkins at $0.60/lb, you will find live bluegrass music, face painting, pie eating contests, and more delicious food than you can get your hands on!
Speaking of food, no fall season would be complete without pumpkin spice… well, everything! While you are out searching for the perfect pumpkin for your decorating, be sure to pick up a few baking pumpkins to roast for pumpkin puree. What to do with pumpkin puree? It is delicious for soups, side dishes, and for baking! If you want to skip the extra step of roasting your own pumpkin, try canned pumpkin puree. Enjoy the recipe below for Gooey Pumpkin Choco-Chip Cookies.
Gooey Pumpkin Choco-Chip Cookies (GF, can be Dairy Free)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- ⅛ tsp fine sea salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp grass-fed butter
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup local maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Combine dry ingredients in bowl, and mix
-Add wet ingredients to form a sticky dough
-Mix in chocolate chips
-Roll dough into balls, and place ½ inch apart on baking sheet covered in parchment paper
– Dough will not spread much, so you can flatten cookies if you like
– Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on cookies
– Bake for 14-16 minutes to desired texture
– Let cool and enjoy!!