It’s always a sad time when the Napa Farmers’ Market ends for the season. Without the market, the availability of local, farm-fresh food is greatly diminished, although thanks to CSA (community-supported agriculture), you can still get produce from local growers at various drop points in Napa County.
There’s also another way to stay connected with the Napa Farmers’ Market throughout the year. It’s the Napa Valley Give!Guide, which comes out Tuesday, Nov. 1. You can get an advance copy at the market on Saturday, Oct. 29, the market’s last day this year.
The Give!Guide is a novel approach to year-end giving. It consists of a publication and a website to assist you in identifying and donating to the Napa County nonprofits that do work you support. You make a choice. You make a difference. Give!Guide makes it easy. With the Give!Guide, you can select one, two or multiple organizations and make a donation online in a single easy transaction.
The Give!Guide’s goals are simple. Its mission is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits serving Napa County; to encourage collaboration among local nonprofits; and to cultivate a culture of giving in the valley, especially among young donors and those who may never before have seen themselves as philanthropists.
The Napa Farmers’ Market is honored to be part of the Give!Guide this year through Napa Valley CanDo. This organization brings together people from all over Napa Valley who want to help our communities thrive through volunteerism and community action. CanDo creates the Give!Guide after careful consideration of all the applicants, all of them worthy non-profit organizations.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Napa Farmers’ Market will host almost 30 non-profit organizations from the Give!Guide. Come learn about these organizations, what they do for the community and how your donation can help.
When you arrive at the market, pick up your “Give!Guide Passport.” Visit each non-profit organization at the market and get your passport stamped. Enter your completed passport for a drawing at market’s end. The winner will receive a bag of market goodies, and the non-profit organization that receives the most visits from farmers’ market patrons will receive a $100 seed donation offered by the Give!Guide.
As you review your Give!Guide options, please consider a donation to the Napa Farmers’ Market. Your contribution helps fund the market’s educational programs for kids and adults and our ability to double the value of benefits for CalFresh EBT users.
The market will also have other family activities on Saturday, including pumpkin painting and art projects using dyed pumpkin seeds. Bring your kids and enjoy these festive programs as we say goodbye and thank you for another successful market season.
Healthy Pumpkin Pie
A creamy, nutritious version of the classic holiday dessert. For best flavor, use fresh-picked pumpkins from the Napa Farmers’ Market.
2 cups pumpkin puree, fresh or canned 1/4 plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup milk (nut milk is fine) 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. black pepper 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 large egg whites, at room temperature, beaten to soft peaks Prebaked 9-inch pie crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree and yogurt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk and cornstarch. Stir the milk mixture into the pumpkin. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and pepper. Whisk well. Whisk in the maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually fold in the beaten egg whites until fully incorporated.
Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake until the center barely jiggles when lightly shaken, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely, then chill for at least 8 hours before serving.
Top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.
Makes one 9-inch pie