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In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible! We are still swimming off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The water temperature today was a balmy 58 F. The air temperature at 1:00 last Saturday was 74 F degrees!

Pink is the New Orange

We are talking pumpkins and breast cancer awareness this month! Our local farm stand, Morning Glory Farm, recently posted this sign: Pink is the New Orange! over their pink pumpkins.

This caught my attention especially because I discovered the Netflix series Orange is the New Black last year and was hooked! The Morning Glory Farm sign was referring to The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. America’s pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of the proceeds from every pink pumpkin sale to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

Eating pumpkins helps fight cancer! Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and is loaded with beta-carotene that your body converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects the body against free radicals that may lead to cancer… so eat your pumpkins!

The image above is the Pink Porcelain Doll F1 Pumpkin from Johnny’s Seeds which not only helps to raise breast cancer awareness, but is also delicious!

The farm stands are bursting with colors, mostly from the large variety of squash. Here is an Epicurious Guide on the different varieties squash you might find at a market or farm.

I ran into several folks this week who were either cooking pumpkin or curious about how to use these beautiful orange (or pink!) Autumn staples. I suggested cooking several pumpkins at once (if you are going to make a mess, you might as well make a big one!). You can freeze the cooked pumpkin and save it for your pumpkin pie or turn it into a sauce. Use real pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin in every recipe! The lining in canned pumpkin is not good for you or the planet. Also, discarding uncarved decorative pumpkins is a waste of wonderful food. Need inspiration? Here is my recipe for Ginger Pumpkin Soup.  The last time I made this soup I floated a few leftover roasted vegetables as soup toppers.

Demystifying labels continues...

I can’t seem to get away from eggs and labels. Eggs are the perfect example of misleading marketing! Today I saw an egg carton that had the term “Free Run” printed across it. Now there’s a term I am not familiar with… perhaps another confusing marketing ploy to make consumers think they are buying something better than free range?

It’s bad enough that the term “free range” doesn’t officially mean either “free” or “range.” “Free Run” – what does that mean? I searched for the term and found nothing.

In fact there’s no legal definition for “free-run”, “free-range” or “cage-free”. The industry has adopted these terms for factory “barns” that house tens of thousands of crowded birds on grated or concrete floors. The birds never go outside. They may have “access” through a small door, but these birds have no chance of exploring. The instinct to go outside is bred out of them. The food industry continues their marketing PLOYS! Buyer Beware - find a local farmer and be done with this nonsense!

Don’t forget - Swine & Dine is this weekend! If you have not bought tickets yet, please be sure to register online or call the Kitchen Porch Office at 508-645-5000 and reserve a spot!  

Our first Swine & Dine event is the all-you-can-eat family-friendly Local Smoke Out at Harbor View Hotel. Pigs will be sourced from The Grey Barn Farm. There will be local music, Bad Martha Beer, and complimentary Halloween pig masks for all who show up. It is sure to be a blast!

Consider visiting some of our local farms at the Morning Farm Tours on November 1st.

We will be ending the events with the Heritage Pork Grand Gala at Harbor View Hotel. We have 5 amazing chefs working on the grand gala dinner Saturday. They will be there to explain their dishes as well as wine pairings with each dish.

You can check out and follow the progress of our Porks & Knives series this week on social media.  We made porchetta today and I'm glad to share this delicious Porchetta recipe with you.

I leave you with a quote. Sharing quotes is a love that has stayed with me since my days as a librarian.

“After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth… The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her… In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.”
~ The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear

Jan Buhrman
Kitchen Porch


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