A warm bowl of soup can hit the spot on a brisk autumn day, as well as a filling and nutritious meal! At Hofstedes Country Barn you can find different options for homemade soups. We make our own soups fresh every day! From broth to cream, to vegetarian to gluten-free, with plenty of flavors to choose from. If you didnt know already we serve them piping hot in store for lunch, or you can take them to go and put in your freezer. Not a day goes by that we dont have delicious soups ready for you, but hurry they go quickly!

We also carry Mitchells Soup tubes which have all your premeasured dried ingredients ready to throw into the pot. With these soup packages all you need to add are the vegetable and proteins, talk about simplicity!

You want to make things easy, right? I hear you! Theres always that voice in my head yelling canned soups are so easy!! Fortunately, there is a system in place that works! Next time you make a batch of soup, make some extra for freezable portions to save for a rainy day. Theyre perfect for an after-school snack, after a long day of work, or the next time someone gets sick you have some nutritional, hearty soup ready at your fingertips!

Making soup is simple and its a fun way to get innovative. Whats amazing about homemade soup is that its easy to create a taste that suits your pallet. Whether youre throwing the leftover vegetables in the pot or hand chopping those straight off the shelf, you know exactly what you like and what youre eating. You cant go wrong with making soup!

Peel it, cube it, roast it in the oven – winter squash is a nutritional powerhouse that’s adaptable to any menu! Squash is a good source of vitamin C and potassium, and varieties with the deep-orange flesh offer high concentrations of vitamin A! Most squash varieties are picked in late summer & early fall, but their thick skins make them a cinch to store throughout the colder weather. Are you falling for squash yet?!

Keep reading as we break-down the differences between some of the most popular varieties. (read more)

  1. Ambercup

Ambercup squash resembles a small pumpkin with its brilliant orange-to-red shell, but with a slightly bumpier texture. It has a bright orange, fine-grained flesh with a very sweet taste.

  1. Butternut

Probably the most well-known of all the winter squash varieties. Butternut is an oblong, pear-shaped squash with a creamy tan skin and a sweet/nutty flavoured bright orange flesh. The taste and texture is somewhat similar to that of sweet potatoes. Try incorporating butternut squash into rice dishes or pastas as a side or on its own. Roast and serve with chopped parsley and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese!

  1. Pie Pumpkin

More than just for decoration! Although all pumpkins can be eaten, there is a difference between this sweeter tasting pumpkin and its fibrous, meaty and bland counterparts. Pie pumpkins can be steamed then pureed and used in baking or in a yummy pumpkin pasta.

  • Buttercup
  • The buttercup squash can smell like a fragrant cucumber when freshly cut, however once cooked, its dark orange/reddish flesh becomes dense, sweet and mild, somewhat similar to a sweet potato.

    1. Blue Hubbard

    The blue hubbard is a very unique looking squash! Underneath its gray-blue lumpy, bumpy skin is a sweet andsavourytasting orange flesh. Underneath the gray-blue bumpy skin is sweet and savory orange flesh. The flesh can be mealy and dry so is best used in soups, stews and gratins.

    1. Spaghetti

    Another well-known variety, spaghetti squash is aptly named – when cooked, its flesh becomes ‘stringy’ and can be used as a healthy noodle alternative. Once you’ve cooked and scooped it, sauté the flesh with butter and garlic for extra flavour, and combine with one of your favourite sauces!

    1. Acorn

    The acorn squash resembles an acorn in shape (surprise!), and has a smooth dark green, and mottled orange shell with deep ribs. The flesh is moderately fibrous, with a deep nutty and slightly sweet flavour, making it ideal for stuffing, mashing and roasting.

    1. Delicata

    Oblong with striped edible skin andpale yellowshading, this winter squash most closely resembles its summer squash cousins. Delicatas have a sweet and earthy flavour, and creamy texture similar to a butternut.