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Stocking up for Winter

Posted 10/24/2017 11:14am by Jenna Untiedt.

With the blustery weather outside, we can definitely feel fall in the air. The trees are losing leaves faster than we can rake them and our eyes are all glued to the forecast for the upcoming weekend. We aren't ready for the first snowflakes quite yet. Lots of work to be done as we continue to wrap up our season, and snow only makes it that much harder. 

As we near our last weekend of retail operations at all of our garden centers, we want to encourage all of you to stop in and stock up on pie pumpkins, squash and apples for the winter! Grab a jar or two of honey and maple syrup so you can have those summer tastes when you think you can't handle Mother Nature and her brutal temperatures this winter. 

Are you new to storing squash? Here are some helpful hints. We are big fans of taking an afternoon or two and freezing a few varieties of squash to enjoy all winter long. Squash adds great variety to your winter vegetable options. Throughout the winter we like to pull out bags of frozen squash and use as a side dish to dinner. Another great option is squash soup. It is easy to make and is always so flavorful, give it a try. Here is one of our favorite recipes

Pie pumpkins can be used all winter as well! You can make your own pumpkin puree for Thanksgiving pies as well as pumpkin bars. Here is our favorite pumpkin bar recipe for you to try.

Thinking of stocking up on apples? Honeycrisps will keep for quite a while. Haralsons will keep even longer! Haralsons make great apple pies and apple crisp. Snowsweets, Keepsakes, and Firesides all add great flavor to apple sauce. Homemade applesauce is definitely a treat, try some out and let us know what you think.

As Halloween approaches, share your pictures of carved pumpkins! We love to see everyone's creations. Use the #untiedts or tag us in any of your social media posts, we can't wait to see what you all come up with! 

Enjoy the last few days of October and make sure to visit our garden centers before we wrap up our season. Thanks to all of you who have visited us on a regular basis. We couldn't do what we do without the wonderful support of our great customers. Happy Fall!