Napa Farmers Market: Discovering something new about Napa | Freshly Picked

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¼ cup of chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, oregano or rosemary

3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

Toasted sunflower seeds to garnish

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Halve the squash and place upside or in a baking dish with about an inch of water. Bake until soft, about 40 minutes. Scoop out the softened squash and set aside.

Raise the oven temperature to 400°F. Spread the chopped celery, onion, carrots, herbs and garlic on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss. Roast until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.

In a food processor, puree the roasted vegetables, squash and broth until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan and reheat gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and garnish, if desired, with sour cream and sunflower seeds.

Robert Jordan is vice president of the board of directors of the Napa Farmers Market.

Robert Jordan is vice president of the board of directors of the Napa Farmers Market.

Support the farmers market making a tax-deductible donation now at www.napafarmersmarket.org/donate. You can also donate to the Napa Farmers Market by making your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile. Designate the Downtown Napa Farmers Market Corporation as your charity of choice, and .5% of your purchase will be credited to the Napa Farmers Market.

Find the Napa Farmers Market at 1100 West St. (at Pearl Street), site of the former Cinedome Theater. Hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors only (65 and older); then 9 a. m. to noon. Check www.napafarmersmarket.org for updates.

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