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Savour Food – my @AlbertatNoon September food column podcast and recipes with a pumpkin theme

Pumpkin muffins with cranberries, pepitas and brown sugar topping photo - Karen Anderson

Pumpkin muffins with cranberries, pepitas and brown sugar topping
photo – Karen Anderson

I’m at my desk this morning enjoying a couple of mini pumpkin muffins and steaming cup of tea because my September Alberta at Noon food column (I’m at the 8 minute mark in the program) is about pumpkins and I presented the recipe for these long time favourite muffins for that broadcast.

September is the prime time to visit Alberta’s agritourism pumpkin patches. If you wait until October when Thanksgiving’s pie and Halloween’s Jack o’ Lantern are pressing culinary and decorative concerns you’ll miss out.

We can have frost in Alberta anytime in September and that’s when the big green pumpkin leaves and vines die, die, die. The pumpkin patch goes from photo ready verdant pastoral eye candy to orange dots on a sea of brown dirt overnight. The farmers go out to the fields pluck up each and every pumpkin and put them in bins at that point. So, if you want to take the little tykes out to pluck their own pumpkin from the patch NOW is the time.

You can find more information about the cornucopia of pumpkin patch opportunities around Alberta here.

The reason I’m talking about pumpkins so far before Thanksgiving and Halloween all started because of a recent tour I led to the five farms of Innisfail Growers. This blog post features the beautiful day I spent touring the five farms of Innisfail Growers and I’ll just say from the outset how grateful I am to my friend Leona Staples for educating me about the brief window for viewing pumpkin patches in their prime. Previous to this August’s visit, I had never even thought about it. Thanks Leona.

Thanks to all of you for dropping by and thanks for being @CBCradio listeners. It’s fun to talk about and savour a bit of the life and activity on our Alberta farms together. Cheers, Karen

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Savour food – It’s primetime for pumpkins and my @AlbertatNoon column for September

It's pumpkin time in Alberta photo - Karen Anderson

It’s pumpkin time in Alberta
photo – Karen Anderson

Pumpkins mean fun. They are fun to choose, fun to carve and really fun to eat in a myriad of ways. You might think I’m jumping the gun talking about pumpkins in September but we experience frosts early in Alberta and if you wait until October – when pumpkins truly are on people’s minds – you will miss out on the opportunity to visit a pumpkin patch in its prime.

If your family likes picking a pumpkin out of a big bin at the grocery store, just imagine how much fun they would have in an honest-to-goodness pumpkin patch on one of our beautiful Alberta farms. This post will talk about where to find pumpkin patches in Alberta, how to prepare pumpkins for eating and some great pumpkin recipes sure to enhance your enjoyment of our quickly approaching fall.

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