Restaurant life keeps us pretty busy most of the time, but now and then we get the chance to go out and visit the fine folks who grow some of our amazing local ingredients. One such chance came in late October for Berry Patch Farm's annual Assaggi di Zucca (Taste of Pumpkins). We were so thrilled to participate in the family-friendly fall event, featuring local chefs, bakers, authors, restaurants and more who were dishing out samples of All Foods Pumpkin. There were pumpkin cinnamon rolls, there was pumpkin and black bean soup, pumpkin polenta, and we brought two of our favorite pumpkin preserves - smoked pumpkin pickles and pumpkin butter. The kids were treated to hay rides and a candy-filled pumpkin piñata and lots of folks went home with pumpkins of their own, as well as recipes for all the tasty treats they tried because these gourds aren't just for decoration!
Come in and see us this fall and you will find our Berry Patch Farms pumpkin butter on the market board (it tastes like pumpkin pie filling and is truly magical paired with creamy cheese) or you can purchase some of our pumpkin pickles from the deli. And make sure you make the short drive out to Brighton and visit Berry Patch Farms when they have their farm market open, every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, where they sell nothing but beautiful local produce and other local ingredients like honey and popping corn. You might even get to say hello to the friendly chickens!