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Autumn Delight at The Harvest Market


It’s that time of year again where the leaves are changing colors, the temperature is cooling down, and flannels are the most worn item in the closet. Everyone is trying to take advantage of the precious time we still have to be outside and enjoy the fleeting sunshine. From apple picking to pumpkin carving to watching football there are so many things to be excited about. Here at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, what gets us excited is all of the different produce that is coming into harvest and the delicious meals that will get to be made and more importantly, enjoyed, by families throughout Northwestern Ohio.

Speaking of delicious meals, on October 18th, while shopping at the Harvest Market, shoppers had the opportunity to take part in our second cooking demo and tasting. Our partners at the Ohio State University Extension Office in Fulton County volunteered their services and put together yet another amazing dish. This time it was a potato corn chowder recipe. And the best part? It can be made in a microwave in just a few minutes! This yummy and inexpensive dish was a fan favorite. Almost every shopper came back for a second helping. Furthermore, it has allowed our shoppers the chance to have a one-on-one talk with a nutrition education specialist about different ways to use some of the produce and shelf-stable items available at our Harvest Markets. It has been heartwarming to see how invested our shoppers have been in learning more about healthy alternatives and ways to incorporate some of our fruits and vegetables into their diet. In fact, several people who attended the market and demo were saying that they were going to try and make the potato corn chowder sometime this week!

Overall, it was another successful market and cooking demo. You really can’t complain when the sun is shining, a crisp breeze is filling the air, and your hands are full of groceries and a delicious treat.

-The Harvest Market Team

P.S. The potato corn chowder recipe is included below!

What is the Harvest Market?

Click here to learn more about the Harvest Market.

More questions about the Harvest Market?

Contact jcarver@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 213.

Interested in how you can help?

Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator at athomas@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 212.

Microwave Potato Corn Chowder

Makes: 4 servings

Total Cost: $/$$$$ (inexpensive)

Make this tasty soup in your microwave in minutes.  Enjoy it with a fresh salad and a side of fruit for a light meal.


  • 1/4 cup margarine (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup flour (all purpose)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk, 1%
  • potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 can corn (16 ounce, drained)


  1. Melt margarine in glass bowl on HIGH for 30 to 50 seconds.
  2. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
  3. Blend milk into flour-margarine mixture.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 6 to 8 minutes, until thickened, stirring well each minute. Set aside
  5. In a separate microwave safe bowl, cook 2 potatoes in 1 cup water. When potatoes are done add potatoes and cooking water to
    white sauce.
  6. Stir in 1-16 ounce can of corn. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until steaming hot.


Shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped ham or onion may be added. Add clams for clam chowder.

Additional notes by the nutrition education specialist at Ohio State’s Extension Office-Fulton

-Helpful Hint- You can also use fresh corn (For this recipe you will need 3-4 ears)

Corn on the cob in the microwave

  • Ear husked and cleaned
  • Wet paper towel and wring out
  • Wrap ear of corn in moist towel and place on a dinner plate
  • Cook in microwave for 5 minutes
  • Carefully remove paper towel
  • Cut off Kernels

Source: USDA Mixing Bowl-What’s Cooking?

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