Market Eats – Halloween

This week’s market falls on our favorite of spooky days, Halloween! Did you know that Jack O’ Lanterns were originally carved out of one of our favorite market veggies, the turnip? Alternatively, beets could be used. The tradition of carving Jack O’ Lanterns is believed to have originated in Ireland. They were made to ward off evil spirits or a folklore character named “Stringy Jack”. Immigrants brought the tradition to the U.S., where it continues today, although now it is traditional to carve a pumpkin.

While Halloween might look a little different this year, you can still cook up a festive meal using ingredients found at the market. It looks like we are in for a chilly Halloween, so why not try a Pumpkin Sausage Stew?

Pumpkin Sausage Stew – Adapted from An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small shallot (chopped)
  • 1 pound hot or mild Italian sausage (sliced 1/2-inch thick)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 medium potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 small carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 12 ½ oz pumpkin or squash (cubed)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 -2 dashes hot pepper flakes
  • 2 stems fresh rosemary
  • 2 stems fresh thyme


  1. In a large heavy pot, add the olive oil, shallot, and sausage. Cook on medium heat, stirring often until browned, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, vegetable stock, oregano, hot pepper flakes, and rosemary/thyme. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove cover and continue cooking on a slow boil for approximately 15 minutes. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender.

Market Shopping List:

  • Shallot
  • Sausage
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Rosemary