Week 8 – Roasted Winter Squash and Caramelized Onion

This week marks the official start of fall; we are still enjoying some late summer fruits and vegetables, but our palates and our recipes are shifting to reflect the changing seasons. Eating locally is really all about embracing these changes – celebrating (and occasionally over-indulging in!) each fruit and vegetable at its peak of abundance and deliciousness.

So as we turn toward fall and see the first leaves change, it’s time to celebrate one of the great vegetables of this season – winter squash. This week’s pie – roasted winter squash with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and sage – features both butternut and delicata. Butternut (one of the most popular varieties and developed right here in Waltham, Massachusetts) is a fall classic that sweetens as the season progresses and the squash cures.  Delicata is more subtle and savory, with a skin so thin it can be eaten right along with the flesh.

This week’s ingredients come a whole variety of wonderful Massachusetts farms. Our sage is from one of our partner farms, Brookwood, and our onions are from our other partner farm, Powisset. Both our butternut and our delicata squash are from Clearview Farm in Sterling (who provided the delicious peaches and blueberries a few weeks back), and our goat cheese is from Westfield Farm in Hubbardston, Mass. Westfield Farm is a family-owned farm that has been making award-winning goat cheese (and a few cow cheeses) in Central Mass. for more than 40 years. If you’re looking for a beautiful fall drive, stop by the farm to buy cheese from their self-serve stand, check out their website for cheese shipped right to you, or look for their Capri goat cheese in your local specialty foods store – they’re available at quite a few!

It’s hard to believe there’s just one more week of pie share after this!  As we reflect on our first year offering a pie share, we are eager for your feedback. We will be sending out a survey with next week’s email and would greatly appreciate your honest responses, comments, and thoughts. We’ll also be sending along information about ordering holiday pies from Bushel + Crumb. While the farming season may be winding down, at Bushel + Crumb every season is pie season, and when the days get colder and friends and family come around, we hope you’ll celebrate by sharing some delicious local pie!