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Fall at the market means endless displays of pumpkins, gourds, and fall decor!

Here are some fun pumpkin facts from Minnesota Grown: there are 128 registered pumpkin farms in Minnesota. The term Jack-o-Lantern is 182 years old. And there are eight farms growing pumpkins within 25 miles of Rochester! You can search the produce directory at minnesotagrown.com to find one near you.

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At the Rochester Farmers Market, don’t miss Trick-or-Treating at our family-friendly event on October 26 - we’ll be there sun, rain, or snow, from 7:30 to noon. Shop in costume for a special treat from our farmers!

Recipe - Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer, adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

  • Cut a baking pumpkin in half, remove seeds, and roast, cut end down, in a pan with around ½ inch of water for about 45 minutes or until soft.
  • Scoop ¼ cup pumpkin into blender and puree with just enough liquid to blend smoothly.
  • In a quart-sized canning jar, combine pureed pumpkin with 2 cups heavy cream, half and half, or dairy or non-dairy milk.
  • Flavor with:
  • Maple syrup
  • Pumpkin pie spice, a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Pumpkins, cream, milk, maple syrup, and ginger can all be purchased from local farmers!

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