Everything You Should Be Grabbing At Your Farmer's Market This Fall
Fall is finally here. It’s time for cooler weather, colorful leaves and cozy sweaters. The changing seasons also mean we’ll find a new selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables at the local farmer’s market. While summer tomatoes and berries are great, we can’t wait to start incorporating the flavors of fall into our meals. Heading to the farmer’s market and not sure what to look for? Here is our guide to what’s in season now.
by stephanie mace
Persimmons are at the top of our list because they’re difficult to find outside the fall season. When ripe, the delicious orange fruits will be slightly soft but not mushy. Put them in a paper bag for a few days if they’re too hard when you find them at the market. Throw persimmon slices in your oatmeal, on a salad, or in a grain bowl for a bit of sweetness!
Nothing says fall like butternut squash - the vegetable has a ton of uses and can be used in soups, pastas, salads or as a tasty side dish. A darker shade and firm skin means the butternut squash is ripe -- steer clear of any squash with soft patches.
Cauliflower is having a moment right now. The vegetable has been used as a substitute for rice, pizza crust, steak and gnocchi. Prepared with the right herbs and flavors, you might not even notice the difference! Cauliflower is great for those who don’t cook at home often or prefer not to plan their meals - it lasts two weeks in the fridge!
Another vegetable that tastes amazing when prepared right, brussels sprouts’ peak season is September to February. Note that smaller brussels sprouts are usually sweeter than larger ones and be sure to choose sprouts that feel firm and heavy. Roast with olive oil, salt and pepper for best results!
We can’t talk about fall without mentioning apples. The crisp fruits are especially delicious in September and October. When selecting apples at the farmer’s market, look for firmness and avoid any fruits with dull skin or bruises. Wondering how to incorporate apples into a meal? Check out our kale and pomegranate salad recipe!
Cooking with herbs is an easy way to add flavor without too much effort - pick up sage at the market to make your kitchen smell amazing. We love sage in a brown butter pasta or with chicken and mushrooms. Note that sage will not taste good raw - sauteé to bring out its flavors!