Eating in Season: Fall Produce Guide
Updated: Mar 25, 2020
The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling off, and pumpkin spice has taken over. Daylight isn’t lasting as long as it did a few months ago, which is great for cozy Fall nights on the couch. If you’re anything like us, though, the transition to darker evenings and cooler weather seems to put us in a rut in the kitchen. Summer is all about easy, cool ingredients that are quick to throw together and often don’t require much cooking.
Chances are you spent many a night outside grilling your meals than you did slaving over a hot stove this summer, but now we are in full Fall force, getting ready to roast turkeys and such. Just kidding...we’ll save the turkey roasting for that uncle you only see once a year at Thanksgiving.
Sure, Fall recipes like soups, casseroles, and roasts may seem like a lot of time and effort but they are so dang delicious. Did you know it’s actually healthier and cheaper to eat seasonally? It’s time to kiss those crisp cucumbers, sweet corn, and juicy tomatoes goodbye. Okay, maybe just say see you later. It’s time for all things warm and cozy.
Here's a couple of reasons why you should eat with the season...
Research shows that locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables contain higher levels of nutrients because they are allowed to ripen naturally and don’t have to be transported long distances in the back of a truck. Both of these factors negatively affect nutrient retention. A great reason to check out your local Farmer’s Market!
Eating fruits and veggies at peak ripeness will always be more flavorful than eating produce that has traveled across the country while ripening in a cardboard box. Some produce is even sprayed with chemicals to delay ripening until it gets to you. No thank you!
Supports Local Farmers.
Buying locally supports farmers in your area. Knowing your hard earned money is being cycled back into your local economy is a much more satisfying feeling then giving it away to some of the big name corporations. It also builds a sense of community and allows you to truly connect with where your food comes from which is a nourishing feeling in itself.
Eating in season allows you to switch up your diet and can make healthy eating exciting! This fall, ditch the grilled chicken and zucchini and try roasting a whole chicken with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts instead.
This goes back to the basic principle of supply and demand. Eating seasonal produce that is plentiful will be cheaper at the store or market in comparison to produce that is not in season and requires gas and travel time to get to the grocery store shelves.
Here's an easy guide to help you on your next trip to the grocery store this Fall...