Happy Halloween!

cat pumpkin with toasted pumpkin seeds

I hope you all had a great Halloween! It also happened to be the last rainy and cold day of the Moscow Farmer’s Market for this season, I know many of us will miss it. It’s been a great season and many vendors were there, still selling lots of yummy stuff, like leeks, kale, pumpkins, eggs, peppers, walnuts, camelina oil, apples, potatoes, carrots and so much more of the fall harvest bounty. Though excited for a break from a long season of working hard to bring us all delicious, fresh, local food, several of the vendors will also be attending the Winter Markets at the 1912 center starting the first two Saturdays of this month from 10 am – 2 pm. So we can still get a local food fix, along with beautiful crafts that make unique gifts for the holidays.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share a quick snapshot of my jack-o-lantern carving. The one I carved this year was grown locally at Omache Farm. I also enjoyed one of my favorite Halloween pumpkin carving traditions of roasting the seeds after scooping them out of the pumpkin. After a quick rinse, a spritz of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, these little goodies went into the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. They are a great snack after all of the hard work of pumpkin carving! They don’t look like the little green pepitas we find in the bulk section of the Moscow Food Co-op because they still have the white outer shell on them, which is also totally edible and delicious!

What are your favorite Halloween traditions? Where’s your favorite place to get local food in the off-season? Let us know in the comments!

Always with gratitude- especially to Shane McFarland for helping to clean up the messes I make!


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  1. Nancy Chaney says:

    What a cute Jack-o-lantern, Carol! Thanks for sharing.


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    1. carolrmcfarland says:

      Thanks Nancy! I carved it to celebrate the kitten we just got and have been enjoying so much! It was a lot of fun, and I loved having a local pumpkin this year – I think the CO2 input to get jack-o-lanterns here the “normal” way is pretty substantial. Every little bit helps right?

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