Some Very Fine Autumnal Eats at the Co-op

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” – Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau offers a good reminder for those of us dreading the onset of cooler weather. The drinks and the fruits of fall are definitely abundant here at Abundance.

Here’s a look at what’s in store:

Local produce for baking and roasting

Delicata squash

Is the cold getting you down? Trying to avoid turning on the beat for as long as possible? Turn on the oven! ‘Tis the season for baking and roasting. We’ve got all kinds of beautiful local squash for your oven. delicata squash from Wyllie Fox Farm in Cato, New York, will make a great meal or side dish in less time than most squash. Just cut in half and roast with a tablespoon of oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper for about 25 minutes. So simple, and so delicious!

Spaghetti squash

For those looking to avoid wheat or cut some carbs, spaghetti squash from Stick’n’Stone Farm in Ithaca lets you have your stick-to-the-ribs saucy dinner anyway. Just halve and roast at 450° F for 30-40 minutes, shred with a fork, and top with your favorite sauce.

Butternut squash

Butternut squash is a great food to put in the oven and forget about for a little while. Rake some leaves, drink some tea, go for a walk and come back to a warm kitchen and a sweet, buttery, roasted squash, ready for soup, pie or just to eat with a spoon.

Potatoes

Potatoes are the tried-and-true go-to for an oven-based meal, and we have got some beauties from Bowman Hill Farm in Kent, New York. Baked potato is a classic cool-weather comfort food. Check out our dairy and cheese cases for sour cream and exciting cheeses for topping (Shtayburne’s Roasted Garlic Cheese Curds would be amaaazing!). Or, for a lighter, Indian-inspired twist, try mixing the potato with minced ginger, peas, and a dusting of cumin and caraway seeds.

For the sweet tooths

Then there’s pie. And seasonal sweets of all kinds! Ginger thins, maple candy, and lots of amazing local apples, ready to eat, bake with spices, or put in a fabulous apple pie. We have pie pumpkins as well, cute little ones!

Speaking of pumpkin, we have pumpkin everything. Pumpkin Harvest Chèvre from First Light Creamery, pumpkin tortilla chips from Garden of Eatin’ (made from pumpkins, not flavored), and even pumpkin pie Clif Bars. Plus, we have pumpkin spice shortbread from Dancing Deer Baking Company and, if you’d rather concoct your own pumpkin spice latte, we even have pumpkin spice almond milk.

If you’re not so much about pumpkin spice, there are many other options for yummy fall beverages. Small World Foods is making their amazing raw apple cider for the season (delicious hot or cold, spiced or plain!) and a variety of spiced teas from Yogi and Pukka are available that are perfect for coming chillier evenings.

So cheer up, cold weather fearers! We’ve got your back. Enjoy this beautiful fall season in all its glory!

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