Summer has come to and end, back-to-school is now the new norm and the beginning of shorter nights and cooler weather is creeping up on me faster each day. Many are cussing that they didn’t get to do everything they wanted during the summer months and some are dreading the cold wet weather.
For me, this week marks the start of Fall Harvest! This will be the fourth year my son is working at a local family owned farm/orchard. We both have come to appreciate his employer ~ but for different reasons.
He appreciates his employer because they give him a paycheck each week and that he has made many, many good friends.
On the other hand I appreciate his employer for a whole slew of other reasons.
- My son can tell you about 20 different varieties of apples just by looking at them. (I think that is quite impressive for an 18-year-old boy ~ and I brag on him all the time that he can do this) He can also crack an apple in half and then in half again with his bare hands. The kids love that ~ so do I.
- We both know what vegetables are in season and how we like to eat them and whats the best way to cook them. He is often asked my many of his customers “What is this?” and “How do I eat it?” (again pretty impressive for a teenage boy to be so well versed in his fruits and veggies.) Proud mama moment.
- Buying local fruits and vegetables from farmers ensures that I am getting the most nutritious ‘in season’ produce around.
- That I have an opportunity to support my local economic community.
Yes it might be a little more expensive sometimes, but if you start to eat seasonally (when certain fruits and vegetables are at their peak picking times) then the cost is substantially less than buying out of season produce.
Ten or twenty years ago, you were not always given the luxury of buying some fruits and vegetables during certain times. It wasn’t really a bad thing. Now a days you can get almost any type of fruit or vegetable all-year long.
But how many of you like the taste of winter tomatoes???????? They are picked green and grown in hot houses and then are ripen when in transit by dousing them with chemicals so that they are red when they get to the store. I don’t want to eat a tomato that wasn’t ripe and then doused in chemicals! Kinda gross if you really think about it.
That’s why my family Eats Seasonally. I look forward to this day because I know that soon the fall fruits and vegetables will be lining the farmers market bins.
We will make a switch from eating eggplants, tomatoes, sweet corn and zucchini to beets, broccoli, acorn and butternut squash, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips and cauliflower.
By this time I’m ready for pumpkin, cabbage, apples and pears.
By eating seasonally, I tend to enjoy my food more, I eat the butt load out of whats ripe and available so by the end of that season I am ready for the next seasons harvest.
Eating this way lets me be creative and adds variety to my meal plans, saves me money on my grocery budget by buying whats “in season” and makes my food tastes better because it was picked at its peak. Plus my menus never gets boring because we are always adding new dishes according to whats ripe. I often hear from my family, “wow you haven’t made that in a long time”, but that’s due to seasonal eating and cooking.
Here is a list of my favorite fall fruits and veggies:
Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Escarole, Fennel, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Radicchio, Rutabagas, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash
Other fruits/veggies that are available during the cooler fall months are:
Arugula, Cranberries, Horseradish, Kale, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates & Quince & Spinach
What is your favorite fall fruit or vegetable?
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