Summer is coming to a close, but the farmer’s markets are still open! As fall creeps in, you may notice less crowds at the beaches, cooler temperatures at night, and new foods at the farmer’s market. Here are the top 12 fall foods you will start seeing at your local farmer’s market as summer transitions into fall!
Squash. Butternut Squash is the most popular variety, but look for a second kind of squash called Kabocha.
How to Enjoy: Serve roasted as is or make a batch of spaghetti squash for an Italian themed dinner.
Apples. Forget hauling heavy apples from the grocery store and instead opt for freshly picked apples straight from the farmer’s market.
How to Enjoy: Enjoy fresh for a snack or bake them for a savory dessert. Add a dash of cinnamon and a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream for an after dinner sweet treat.
Sweet Potatoes. Stock up on sweet potatoes for a sweet side dish. Microwaved, baked, or mashed, sweet potatoes are the perfect side for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
How to Enjoy: Top with sage for a savory flavor or sprinkle cinnamon for an added touch of sweetness. You can even make homemade sweet potato chips!
Acorn Squash. Acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms and peppers make for a colorful fall side dish for that weekend dinner party you are attending.
How to Enjoy: Drizzle with your favorite topping like balsamic vinegar or honey then bake until caramelized for the perfect glaze topping.
Pears. Pears are in their prime during the peak of fall, so grab a few to mix up your snacks for the week.
How to Enjoy: Pears are the perfect snack or dessert. Treat them like you would apples, so eat them fresh or top with a sprinkle of crushed walnuts and bake for a festive fall dessert.
Parsnips. Root vegetables like parsnips pair well with certain fruits, such as pears, but are also delicious on their own.
How to Enjoy: Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite seasoning, like salt and pepper, parsley, or crushed red pepper flakes, and roast.
How to Enjoy: Enjoy raw in a salad or steamed for a dinner side dish. Top with fresh garlic and onion for an added touch of savory flavor.
Cauliflower. Cauliflower is all the craze these days. Whether you enjoy steamed or mashed, cauliflower is a versatile veggie.
How to Enjoy: Steam cauliflower then use a food processor to blend into a smooth batch of homemade cauliflower mash. Just like mashed potatoes, except healthier!
Brussel Sprouts. Brussel sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and are great for a healthy gut. Stock up these on little guys and serve as a side dish or shredded on top of a salad.
How to Enjoy: Slice in halves or quarters, then top with olive oil, salt and pepper, then roast until tender. They will melt in your mouth!
Mushrooms. Mushrooms are packed full of vitamins, so don’t feel bad about splurging on an extra handful.
How to Enjoy: Mushrooms will elevate your dish whether you are serving chicken, beef, or pork! You can even use them to create a mushroom gravy sauce.
Celery Root. Celery can be a crunchy snack, but did you know you can also blend up the stalks and add it to dishes? Add a splash to your mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower for an added touch of subtle flavor!
How to Enjoy: Take the traditional route and top with your favorite nut butter for a midday snack. Ants on a log anyone?
Beets: Root vegetables like beets and parsnips are plentiful during the fall season and are easy to prepare.
How to Enjoy: Like most veggies, you can eat them raw on a salad or roast them in the oven. However, avoid adding this vegetable to homemade broths or stews as these can create a bitter flavor.
Remember, eating with the seasons is good for you and your health, so embrace the new produce appearing at your local farmer’s market this fall. Happy scavenging!
Here’s how to navigate your local farmer’s market this weekend with ease.