We have been experimenting with growing kaboocha pumpkins. This pumpkin is very mild tasting and an easy to prepare addition to dinner. Just bake and serve it the same way as the more traditional (and my favorite) butternut squash.
Directions? Bake them until soft and serve in slices or with the flesh mashed.
You also might find some of these on the farmstand this week, depending on availability: Butternut Squash, Arugula, Basil/Cilantro, Flower Selection, Red and Orange Bell Peppers, Edamame, Cauliflower/kale, Eggplant, Fingerling potatoes and Radishes. Barberry Hill Farm is at 353 Boston Post Road,in Madison, CT.
Looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve a Jack O’ Lantern for Halloween or to round out that front porch fall display? Barberry Hill has some of those. Here are some other options as well:
Bishop's Orchards, 1355 Boston Post Road , Guilford and 1920 Middletown Ave., Northford. pumpkins, fruit, vegetables. 203-458-PICK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pick-your-own season starts in June with strawberries and goes through October with apples and pumpkins. In December Bishop’s has cut-your-own Christmas trees. The market is open all year until 7 p.m., (Sun till 6pm), featuring a bakery & kitchen specializing in pies & prepared meal solutions, produce from a 300-acre farm.
Lyman Orchards, Junction of routes 147 and 157, Middlefield. Pumpkins, fruit. Connectcitut's largest indoor farm market. Corn maze open from September 6 - November 2.
Scott's Yankee Farmer - 436 Boston Post Road, East Lyme. Pumpkins, fruit. 860-739-5209. Email: email@example.com. Farm stand open year-round daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Maple pumpkins, jams, honey, pies, apple cider. Homemade donuts weekends in the fall. Click here for our Facebook page.
Halfinger Farms, 489 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum. Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, birthday parties, school tours. Pumpkin field and corn maze are open every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Columbus Day . 860-345-4609. Click here for a map and directions. Click here for our Facebook page.
Peaceful Hill Tree Farm, 118 Clark Hill Road, East Hampton. Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, restrooms. 860-267-4341. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for a map and directions.
Staehly Farms, 278 Town St., East Haddam. Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, hayrides, hay maze, maple syrup from trees on the farm, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, school tours. 860-873-9774. Email: email@example.com. Click here for updates. For a map to the farm, click here.
Bishop Farms, 500 South Meriden Road, Cheshire. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, , gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours. 203-272-8243. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For a map, click here. Open: Monday to Friday,9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drazen Orchards, 215 Wallingford Road, Cheshire. Pumpkins, fruit, flowers. 203-272-7985. Fruit, corn, tomatoes and cider available at the stand.
Ives Farm, 1585 Cheshire St,. Cheshire. Pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides. 203-272-5847. For a map, click here. Fall hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fall Activities, Oct. 1-31.
Norton Brothers Fruit Farm - 450-466 Academy Road, Cheshire. Pumpkins, Hay rides. 203-272-8418.
Rose Orchards, 33 Route 139, North Branford. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours. 203-488-7996. For a map, click here. Hours vary by season, call for more information.
Sunflower Farm - 767 Derby Milford Road, Orange. Pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, gift shop. Phone: 203-795-6829. Email: email@example.com. For a map Click here. Open Monday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday ,10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fresh natural soap made daily and sold year-round. Airbrushed pumpkins made on premises.