The Farmer’s Market Dinner

Happy Saturday everyone!

If you’re looking for something to do this morning, head over to the Farmer’s Market, it’s one of our favorite places in South Bend.

Start out with breakfast if you’re a late riser, at the Farmer’s Market Cafe. I prefer their awesome oatmeal, with milk and raisins. My husband Sam likes the eggs benedict.

Today is a special Oktoberfest event! Look at all the awesome activities!

  • Live Music
  • 3rd Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest.
  • Consider a food donation to the Food Bank.  They will be setup in the parking lot.
  • Participating vendors will also be providing samples at their booths of in-season & ready-to-eat foods along with recipes/ideas!
  • The Crooked Ewe Brewery will be at the Market with samples.

Here’s a shopping list, if you want to create an awesome fall meal. I’ve included the recipes for Dinner in a Pumpkin and Apple Pie, too!


Get these things from the Farmer’s Market today:
1 small pumpkin
6 oz. of mushrooms – Grab some from the Hovencamp’s booth, you’ll get to sample!
1 onion
3 carrots, I prefer the heirloom variety, with all the different colors.
2 pounds ground beef – DC meats is the perfect place to pick this up

9 medium apples for the pie

These are the other needed ingredients:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1.5 cups of cooked rice – brown rice or wild rice is the best for this recipe
1 8oz. can of sliced water chestnuts
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (I know…just trust me)

FOR THE APPLE PIE FILLING (recipe makes 2 pies):
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

When you’re back from the market, here’s what you’ll do to make a really awesome fall dinner:
1. If your rice isn’t already cooked, cook it, and set it aside.
2. Cut up the apples (you can peel them, or keep the skins on; we peeled for this recipe).
3. Mix the apples with the ingredients listed for the apple pie filling above (sugar, salt, water, flour, cinnamon). Set this mix aside.
4.Preheat your oven to 375°. If you’re making your crust, follow that recipe; if you’re using a pre-made crust, get that out.

crust    pie filling

This recipe for crust is from my husband’s mom:
2 c flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. milk

5. Put the apple mixture into the finished pie crusts.
6. Make the topping for your pie
1/2 cup butter
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. oatmeal
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix up the dry ingredients, then cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter.
Put the finished mixture on top of the pie.

7. Bake for 1 hour at 375°.

Now, on to the dinner in a pumpkin:
1. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin, and keep the lid like you would for a jack-o-lantern. Place the pumpkin on a sturdy cookie sheet
2. Slice the mushrooms and the carrots into bite size pieces
3. Dice the onion.
4. Brown the onion in the olive oil, then add the hamburger and brown that. When this is nicely browned with no pink remaining, drain off the grease.
5. Add the rice, carrots, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Allow this to cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, and cream of mushroom soup. Cook for 5 more minutes.
7. Pour this mixture into the pumpkin, and replace the lid.
8. Bake at 375° for 1 hour.


This is what the stew looks like when you serve it. Make sure to scoop some of the cooked pumpkin with the other ingredients. It tastes amazing!

We served the Dinner in a Pumpkin with a red wine that we got at Martin’s.




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