The home.grown. Rundown on Some Underdog Winter Squashes winter squash header Now that the weather seems like it’s finally cooling off for good: We offer a variety of tasty, local winter squashes that are perfect for your favorite cold weather meals! November is prime time for winter squashes, and we’re proud to source our hard squashes from farmers here in the Northeast, like Torrey Farms in Elba, NY, Plainville Farm in Hadley, MA, and Mazza Farms in Essex, VT. While many Northeast folks stick with classics like butternut and acorn for cooking and baking, there are a variety of other winter squashes out there that have just as much flavor: we’re here to shed some light on some of those lesser-known winter squashes. Some decorators use the underdog vegetables below on their front porches and fireplace mantles, but they’re actually delicious relatives to favorites like acorn and butternut. Check out the info below!   Sweet Dumpling Squash (pictured above) is a smaller winter squash averaging 4 inches in diameter and weighing less than one pound. Its shape is similar to that of an acorn squash, with an ivory colored skin and green, yellow, or orange stripes running vertically down the sides. Sweet Dumplings are extra tasty when cut in half, baked and drizzled with home.grown. maple syrup. Also, with their bowl-like shape they’re perfect for stuffing with meat, cheeses, and vegetables.  
Raw Organic Delicata Squash

Raw Organic Delicata Squash Ready to Cook With

Delicata Squash is a smaller, underrated squash perfect for the winter. Being smaller than most other squash varieties, they are easy to cut and prepare. They have a sweetness to them that makes them very tasty, you don’t have to add anything. Also, unlike other types of squash, Delicata has a tender, tasty skin perfect for eating, and very convenient for preparing. You can eat them like fries, only they’re a much healthier alternative. In the words of Lloyd Zimmerman of Coxsackie’s Black Horse Farms, “they’re truly underrated!”  
Butter Kin squash on display

Butter Kin fall squash at the farmers market

Butterkin Squash is a cross between a pie pumpkin and a butternut squash. They have a dark orange interior that is deliciously sweet and smooth in texture. Butterkins can be used to substitute in any dish that calls for butternut squash or cooking pumpkins. For the best preparation, cut the butterkin in half, place face down onto a foil lined baking sheet. Bake in 400F oven until soft. Remove the seeds and discard. Carefully scrape out the softened squash from the cavity and enjoy!  
Small blue hubbard squash at the market

Small blue hubbard squash at the farmers market

Baby Blue Hubbard Squash was developed in 1953 here in the Northeast by the University of New Hampshire. They have a sweet, yellowish flesh. Luckily, Baby Hubbard Squash is delicious to eat and simple to prepare. Try it roasted, cut into small pieces and tossed with rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s fantastic when served with roasted meats such as turkey, pork, or chicken.       One of the best perks of all winter squashes is the health benefits they provide. They’re a great source of vitamin A and C, potassium, and B vitamins and minerals, including copper and manganese. They’re very versatile and nutritious! No matter which type of squash you select, you can be confident that you’re making a healthy decision. They bring beautiful color and nutrition to your fall harvest meal! These underdog squashes may be lesser known, but they’re always a tasty addition to any cold weather meal. Between the different varieties there is plenty of selection, and numerous health benefits. This year, take a chance on one of these vegetables: you might just find a new favorite!   There are many perks to fall in the Northeast. Great food, fun activities, Halloween, and especially: outdoor decorating! We love seeing our communities go all out in seasonal spirit, jazzing up their homes with all of the fall essentials. We have everything you need to outshine your neighbors, thanks to our awesome group of Northeast farmers. Turn your home into an autumn masterpiece with home.grown. plants and ornamentals from Price Chopper & Market 32! home.grown. Pumpkins-Mums If you’re preparing for fall, pumpkins are a must. We source our mini pumpkins, pie pumpkins and carving pumpkins from the same Northeast farmers that provide us with summer crops like tomatoes and peppers. The same goes for our corn stalks! Many of the decorative corn stalks we have bunched and ready for placing on your front porch are the same stalks that produced the sweet corn you enjoyed this summer. Gourds are another fall decorating staple that are grown by our local farmers. Did you know that gourds are a member of the squash family? Nowadays they serve as decoration only, but back in ancient times they were consumed as a food item! Flowers aren’t just a spring and summer thing: Our stores offer a variety of mums that are ideal for fall decorating. Our mums are grown by Kurt Weiss Greenhouses in Moriches, NY and Casertano’s Greenhouse in Cheshire, CT. Kurt Weiss Greenhouses has been owned and operated by three generations of the Weiss family since 1960, and the Casertano family has remained a leader in the wholesale greenhouse industry for over 40 years! Shaul Farms GourdsDecorating is one of the best things about fall. Pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, Indian corn and mums are all staples of the season, and we’re proud to source them from our neighbors here in the Northeast. Thanks to the hard work of growers like Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville, NY, Plainville Farm in Hadley, MA and many other Northeast farms, we’re able to provide high-quality local products throughout the changing seasons.   From pumpkins to peanut butter, when it’s made or grown here, we get it here. Don’t miss out on the fun this season: Head over to your local store and start decorating! Want to win a beer and food pairing dinner at the Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga? Our Saratoga summer giveaways are winding down but we have one more exciting contest for our fans, courtesy of Heineken!  Do you like to pair different beers with certain foods?  If so, we have the perfect event for you!  Tell us your favorite beer and food combination for a chance to win four tickets to an evening beer and food pairing dinner at the Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga!  One of the talented chefs at Putnam’s restaurant will personally suggest and recommend different beer and food pairings—sure to please anyone’s palate!  The dinner will be held on September 29th and four invitations will be sent to the winner! Comment below as well as on our Facebook page with your ideal beer and food pairing by Tuesday, August 28th at 2:00PM to be entered to win!  Read official rules here. Want a chance to win a $100 Price Chopper gift card? Tell us how you got your baby to eat solid foods! Are you proud of how you got your little one to start eating solid foods or how you encouraged them to try new foods? We want to hear about it! Comment below AND on our Facebook page and tell us about the tricks you used to get your baby to start eating solid foods or how you persuaded them to try something different-we know how picky those little tikes can be!  August is Gerber Baby Month at Price Chopper!! Gerber offers products that support children’s development from 0-48 months. Each week in August, Price Chopper will be offering a new special for your little one! In honor of Baby Month, we want to hear your story! To enter to win a $100 Price Chopper gift card, comment below AND on our Facebook page and tell us how you got your baby started on solid food or how you got your little one to try some new and different foods. Leave your story by August 13th at 2:00PM to be entered. Join our baby club TODAY by visiting our website and take AdvantEdge of some of our great offers- spend $100 on any brand diapers from July 29th-September 22nd 2012 and get $15 off your Price Chopper bill! This contest runs from Monday, August 6th to Monday, August 13th, 2012. One winner will be selected to receive a $100 Price Chopper gift card! The winner will be announced on August 13th. Read official rules here.

Maureen Murphy, Price Chopper's Manager of Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles wants you to dust off your crock pot!

Crock pot cooking is hot!  Popular in the 70s, crock pots are enjoying a come back as consumers look for ways to save time and money.
There are so many delicious meals you can make in a crock pot, and if you aren’t familiar with crock pot cooking then be sure to check out our site,  www.2.pricechopper.com/crockpot/. We make it easy with cooking tips, menu suggestions and great recipes!

 

For those of you who are already crock pot fans we encourage you to enter our Crock Pot Recipe Contest.  Enter your favorite crock pot recipe by e-mailing photos@pricechopper.com for a chance to win a Mega Meat Saving Pack and a Price Chopper Gift Card valued at $100.

Think of all the wonderful meals you could treat family and friends to with that prize! Read the official rules here.

Maureen Murphy, Price Chopper's Manager of Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles wants you to dust off your crock pot!

Crock pot cooking is hot!  Popular in the 70s, crock pots are enjoying a come back as consumers look for ways to save time and money.
There are so many delicious meals you can make in a crock pot, and if you aren’t familiar with crock pot cooking then be sure to check out our site,  www.2.pricechopper.com/crockpot/. We make it easy with cooking tips, menu suggestions and great recipes!

 

For those of you who are already crock pot fans we encourage you to enter our Crock Pot Recipe Contest.  Enter your favorite crock pot recipe by e-mailing photos@pricechopper.com for a chance to win a Mega Meat Saving Pack and a Price Chopper Gift Card valued at $100.

Think of all the wonderful meals you could treat family and friends to with that prize! Read the official rules here.