Now is the time to stock up on apples, squash and other winter fruits and veggies. Regional farmers markets and produce will be closing for the season in a few weeks.
The Pasco Farmers Market will celebrate the fall harvest with a pumpkin carving/decorating contest Oct. 27. The contest is for ages 2-17 years old and contest forms are due Oct. 24.
Forms are available online at www.pascofarmersmarket.org. Drop it off at the market from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays or from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Or mail it to P.O. Box 688, Pasco, WA 99301.
There are categories for carved, painted, largest and smallest pumpkins.
Judging begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at the market with awards to be handed out at 11:30 a.m.
The Pasco market will close for the season Oct. 31. The closing dates for other Mid-Columbia farmers markets are: Oct. 17 for the Moses Lake Wednesday market; Oct. 19 for Pendleton; Oct. 20 for Hermiston; Oct. 25 for Kennewick; Oct. 26 for the Market at the Parkway in Richland; Oct. 27 for Ephrata, Pasco, Prosser and the Moses Lake Saturday markets; Oct. 28 for Yakima; and Oct. 28 for Walla Walla.
Dinner, charity auction
Central Church in Richland plans a salmon dinner and silent auction on Oct. 26. The auction begins at 5 p.m. and the dinner at 6 p.m.
Proceeds go to the Tri-City Food Bank and toward the construction of a well in India.
Tickets are available at the church Sundays or by calling 943-1143. They are $12 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets must be bought on or before Oct. 21. There will be no sales at the door. If you have items to donate, call 967-7270.
The church is at 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland.
Eat well, save money
Here's a healthy eating tip from EatingWell.com that will save you money too.
A healthy serving of cooked meat is three ounces. That's about four ounces raw. If you're eating meat for dinner, it should take up no more than one-quarter of your plate. And no buying larger dinner plates; that's cheating.
Fill half the plate with vegetables -- go for lots of color -- and the final quarter with a whole grain.
The book: An Apple Harvest: Recipes and Orchard Lore by Frank Browning and Sharon Silva
Best for: The authors have pulled together more than 60 apple and cider recipes from around the globe. They span the menu from appetizers to entrees to desserts and include tips and techniques including how to choose apples for particular recipes and how to store them.
*Loretto J. Hulse: email@example.com.