The Whole Pumpkin

pumpkin risotto

By Sarah Crowder

My defaults for pumpkin are either soup or pie, but this year I’ve been tucking in fresh pumpkin puree anywhere I can – oatmeal, mac and cheese, and, most recently, risotto.

Here, the pumpkin adds a subtle sweetness and complementary creaminess to risotto, while fried sage and pumpkin seeds toasted with fennel seed add another dimension of flavor and texture.

Pumpkin Risotto

8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 c arborio rice
1/2 c sweet vermouth
2 heaping c pumpkin puree
1/2 c grated parmigiano reggiano
2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper
roasted pumpkin seeds and fried sage, to garnish

Add the broth to a medium pot over high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low to keep broth warm.

Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and a pinch of salt, and saute until translucent. Add the rice and saute another two minutes. Stir in the vermouth.

Add a ladle full of broth to the rice. Stir often and continue adding broth as the rice absorbs each addition until the mixture is creamy and the rice is cooked but still a bit firm (al dente).

Stir in the pumpkin puree and cook until the mixture thickens. Stir in the cheese and butter until incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

seeds from one pie pumpkin
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground fennel seed
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse the pumpkin seeds, then thoroughly pat dry with paper towels or a kitchen towel.

Add the pumpkin seeds to a baking sheet, sprinkle with the brown sugar, fennel seed, and salt and toss to combine. Spread evenly on the baking sheet and move to the oven.

Roast for 10-15 minutes, or until the sugar melts and the seeds begin to brown at the edges, stirring once halfway through.

Fried Sage

12 or more sage leaves
olive oil

Coat the bottom of a small saucepan over medium heat with 1/4-inch of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the sage leaves, about half at a time, and fry until deep green and crispy, about 1 minute. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to move the leave to a plate and immediately sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt.

CSA Deadline Extended to May 28, 2014!


Good news for those of you still looking to join the Sunset Park CSA!! We have extended the deadline for sign-up until May 28.

Please use the sign-up link below:

2014 Sunset Park CSA Membership Form

Feel free to email us with any questions or you can look on the FAQ section of this website for answers to some common questions!


2 FRESH COMMUNITY EVENTS in SUNSET – May 31st + June 10th

Peace everyone-

A central goal of our CSA is to build community, and what better way to do this than to connect at fun and positive community events?

My name is Gus and I’m one of the Core Group members with the CSA for the past several years, and I also work with the Center for Family Life, which is a huge social service organization here in Sunset. There are 2 events about food that I would love you all to be at or to spread the word about.

Saturday May 31st = 64th Street Community Garden Party
Free Food, prizes, learn about the garden, and meet other positive people in your community.
64th Street between 4th Ave and 3rd Ave (it’s a dead-end block).

Tuesday June 10th = Food Justice Symposium
Community leaders sharing knowledge, hands-on food demos, lots of happy kids.
Sunset Park Recreation Center
7th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street

Show up and spread the word.



Member Sign Up for 2014 Season

Welcome to the Sunset Park CSA! Shares are now available for the 2014 season. The Sunset Park CSA partners with two farmers – MimoMex Farm to bring you fresh vegetables and orchard fruits and Tello Farms to bring you fresh eggs. In addition, Sunset Park CSA Members can also purchase Dairy Shares directly from our partner Milk Not Jails. The deadline for the purchase of a Dairy Share is May 15, 2014.

To join the CSA and purchase Vegetable, Fruit and Egg Shares, Member Sign Up 2014

Optional Dairy Shares may be purchased directly from Milk Not Jails.  Members must purchase a Vegetable Share in order to purchase any of the optional shares (Fruit, Egg or Dairy).

To learn more about the CSA, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions after reading this information, you can email us at sunsetparkcsa(at) Please sign up for the CSA as soon as possible but no later than May 15, 2014. CSA shares are available on a first come, first served basis. The prices listed are for Plan A and Plan B options. Plan B provides subsidized shares to members with income within a specified range. Please visit our “Join the CSA” page to learn if you qualify for a Plan B share.