Written By Julie Paiva, CHHC
It’s seasonal eating check-in time. Seasonal food is produce that is purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested. Fall has arrived, and it’s time for a little reminder on what seasonal eats are bursting with freshness and nutrients this time of the year. As the leaves begin to change and the air gets crisper a new crop of fruits and vegetables will be arriving to your farmer’s market and local grocery store. The autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious items for the seasonal eater. The bounty is far more than just the usual fall favorites like apples and pumpkins.
Fruits and vegetables are best when eaten as close to when they are picked. Buying seasonal produce will add a pop of flavor to your meals. If you purchase your fruits and vegetables at a farmer’s market near you, you will also be supporting local farmers and reducing the carbon footprint from produce that has to be trucked across the country. In addition, purchasing locally will save you some money as produce in season is often on sale because it is in surplus. Stock up on these seasonal beauties!
Fall Fruits and Vegetables
Brussel Sprouts Pumpkins
Cranberries Sweet Potatoes
Specific crops and harvest dates of fall produce will depend, of course, on your region’s climate. You can check out any of these websites to see what’s seasonal in your area.
Check out our previous posts, Eating Seasonally, Buying Locally and Farmers’ Market Season: How and Why to Shop Local Produce, to learn more about seasonal eating and the benefits that come along with it.