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Local Bounty - October 2010


Pumpkin Party

Suzie’s Farm in the South Bay grows more than your basic orange globe this pumpkin season. They have tiny Wee-B-Littles, gorgeous Rouge vif d’Etampes, whiter-than-white Moonshines and the strangely named Long Island Cheese. October 9, 16, 23 and 30, take the family to the 18-acre farm to harvest your own pumpkin and enjoy festival music, refreshments and a farmstand. 1856 Saturn Boulevard, Imperial Beach, suziesfarm.com.

Healthy Market-to-Table Classes

There’s more than organic cupcakes and coffee at Cups in La Jolla. The back of their space is a demo kitchen set up for cooking classes taught by culinary director Jesus Gonzalez, the former creative chef for Rancho La Puerta. Groups often stroll to the La Jolla Open Aire Market to select fresh and organic produce, then head back to the classroom for a hands-on cooking experience followed by a family-style meal of the class creations. 858-459-2877, cupslj.com.

Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison

It’s time for crisp juicy apples and silky pears, and chef Deborah Madison’s Seasonal Fruit Desserts from Orchard, Farm, and Market (Clarkson Potter, $32.50) introduces new ways to enjoy the bounty of farm-fresh fruits at the height of their season. Try an apple crisp with cinnamon cream or wine-soaked fruits. Or pomegranate gelée with saffron-yogurt cream and pistachios. Sound complicated? Not really; Madison’s recipes are highly doable for the self-taught cook. Plus there’s her inspiring section on cheese and fruit pairings that require little more than shopping, slicing and plating.

Spiny Indulgences

Forget about eating local. How about indulging local? Meet the California spiny lobster. They are true native deliciousness, and October is the prime month for ­harvesting them. One of the best ­places to buy is ­Catalina Offshore Products, which fishes them fresh from here in San Diego. Boil for six minutes, cut in half lengthwise, finish on the grill or under the broiler, and eat everything from the tail to the sweet claws and antennae. 5202 Lovelock Street, San Diego, catalinaop.com.

Caron Golden is an expert on local markets and farms. See more of her Local Bounty finds every week at sandiegomagazine.com/localbounty.

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