Northern Michigan Harvest Recipes: The Great and Delicious Pumpkin

Northern Michigan Harvest Recipes: October is prime-time for pumpkin picking and carving, but don't forget how delectable they are, too! Instead of just decorating the house and porch with pumpkins this fall, put them to satisfying use in these delicious pumpkin-inspired recipes and fill your home with the sweet smell of fall and your stomach with a reminder of holiday eats to come.

Buttermilk Biscuits with Pumpkin Butter

Light and moist, these biscuits get their tang from a healthy shot of buttermilk and are perfect with this homemade, spice-infused pumpkin butter.

Coconut-Apricot-Pumpkin Seed Granola

Roast up a batch of this crunchy granola for cool autumn weekday mornings. Knowing it’s waiting in the kitchen will make you jump right out of bed.

Pumpkin Chili

That's right. Pumpkin chili. Combine October's number one squash with a hearty winter go-to for a robust and flavorful new autumn favorite. This fun spin on a classic is sure to please your kids and impress your friends.

Pauline’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

Even those fiercely loyal to their pumpkin pie will veer from tradition with this silky, spicy cheesecake. It comes from Pauline Marmion, who says that the flavors are even better after several days—so go ahead and cross this one off your holiday baking list first.

While you can certainly use the pumpkin your kids picked up at the pumpkin patch, your local farmers market will have the smaller ones available that are perfect for cooking and baking. Here's a list of farmers markets running through October:

Antrim Farmers Market in Bellaire

Behind the senior center on M-88, across from the county courthouse. 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Fridays through Oct. 26.

Mancelona Farmers Market

At the park at the corner of US-131 and State. 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursdays through Oct. 25.

Elk Rapids Area Farmers Market

US 31 – Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce. 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Fridays through Oct. 12.

Elberta Farmers Market

Elberta Marina Pavillion Park, M22 & M168. 7:30 am – noon, Thursdays through Mid-Oct.

Boyne City Farmers Market

Veteran's Park, River St. 8:00 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays & Saturdays through Oct. 31.

Charlevoix Farmers Market

East Park, downtown. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursdays through Oct. 27.

East Jordan Farmers Market

Sportsman's Park. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursdays through Oct. 27.

Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons

West off Division onto 11th St., Traverse City. 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Oct. 29.

Sara Hardy Downtown Traverse City Farmers Market

Parking lot along Grandview Parkway between Cass & Union Streets. 7:30 a.m. – noon on Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesdays, through Oct. 27. 

Kalkaska Harvest Market

3:00-7:00 p.m., Fridays through Oct. 15.

Springfield Recreation Area Farmers Market

5 miles southeast of Fife Lake at Lund and Creighton Rds. 3:00-7:00 p.m., Thursdays through Oct. 18.

Suttons Bay Farmers Market

North Park, intersection of M-204 & M-22, water side. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturdays through Oct. 27.

Manistee Farmers Market

Parking lot across from Dial-A-Ride on Memorial Drive. 8:00 a.m. – noon, Saturdays through Oct. 13.

Lewiston Farmers Market

Downtown Lewiston Township Park. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturdays through Thanksgiving.

Cadillac Farmers Market

Lake St. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, & Fridays through Oct. 30.

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