Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What's Fresh at the Farmers Market This Week

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What's Fresh at the Farmers Market This Week

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This week at area farmers markets you'll find lots of fall produce including pumpkins, decorative gourds, spinach, collards, turnips, carrots, beets, green beans, salad mix, head lettuce, cabbages, parsnips, apples, plums, persimmons, locally foraged mushrooms, sweet potatoes and winter squash such as butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash. Much of the summer bounty also remains: tomatoes, eggplant, fresh herbs, a few watermelons, late berries. To help you use that butternut squash, here is a recipe for Butternut Squash and Leek Soup With Gruyere Pesto Toasts from last year's Let's Eat.

> Information provided by the Lake Saint Louis Farmers and Artists Market

> Find our guide to area farmers markets at stltoday.com/farmersmarkets

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND LEEK SOUP WITH GRUYERE PESTO TOASTS Yield: 6 appetizer servings

For the soup

4 pounds butternut squash

Oil for oiling the sheet pan

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

6 ounces sliced Canadian bacon, medium chopped

3 cups thinly sliced white part of leek (about 3 large leeks)

1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Kosher salt and black pepper---

For the toasts

12 (½-inch) thick slices French baguette cut on the bias

¾ cup packed fresh basil leaves, finely shredded

3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, coarsely chopped

2 ounces coarsely grated Gruyere cheese (about ¾ cup)

½ ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about ¼ cup grated on a microplane)1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Working carefully, halve the squash lengthwise and arrange it cut-side down on a lightly oiled parchment-lined rimmed sheet pan. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven, until very tender, 60 to 75 minutes.

2. While the squash is baking, in a large saucepan or a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat, add the bacon, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until it is golden brown at the edges, 5 to 8 minutes. …

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