Summer is just about to go bye-bye! Amazing. I wonder if there will ever be a day again when summer feels just as long as it did when we were kids. I’ve been chalking up the quickness of the season to the fact that there is plenty of outdoor work to be done on top of so many activities that are entirely out of reach during winter. There is SO MUCH TO DO during every minute of summer!
Ahhh, but what a sigh of relief. The beginning of September used to be the time I dreaded as a child – back to school. Now, there is a great sense of relaxation. The sun is setting earlier, relieving the desire to take full advantage of its greater presence. I mean, my daughter and I are laying down to read before bed by 8:30 PM. No way am I thinking about bed at that time in early July! There are festivals happening and 80 degree nights to be enjoyed. But just like the end to a long day, ya get tired. Surrender happens. Fall’s approach is here, folks. Another season to appreciate with new activities to enjoy, new smells to inhale…and of course, new vegetables and fruits to be indulged.
Below is a [non-exhaustive] list of the produce in season between September and October.
Use this list to inspire some meals to prepare! It can be daunting at times to plan out the upcoming week’s meals, and I find that, rather than hoping some lovely idea will pop into my mind, or by searching “dinner ideas” on Pinterest, having a simple list of foods in season is an easy way to get started. Eating apples doesn’t have to always be accomplished simply by chomping into one. Slice them up and make a fruit salad with some nuts and other seasonal fruits such as pears and figs; roast them with Brussels sprouts, or sauté them with a little avocado oil, lemon and cinnamon for dessert! Broccoli doesn’t always have to be steamed and served plain to be considered healthy. Toss it with some olive oil, a dash of kosher salt and pepper and roast it on a sheet pan for a tasty, caramelized effect. Forget frozen spinach: sauté baby spinach leaves with olive oil and garlic, finish with a dash of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Bam! You’ve got an easy side of spinach to salivate over and inhale!
Fine tune your recipe search by getting specific: Vegetarian recipes with sweet potatoes; Main dish recipes using parsnips; Smoothie recipes using plums; Beet side dish recipes; Vegan date recipes….you get the idea!
I am willing to bet you a hundred bucks that
you love most of the foods on this list.
I’m confident with that bet because I’ve lost count the number of times I have witnessed adults AND children try a vegetable they’ve claimed to dislike, and end up L O V I N G the flavors on their tongue! I am certain that with most foods you claim to dislike, you simply had a crap experience. The food could have been low quality, could have been overcooked, not paired with your favorite flavors, the texture may not have been right for you…. Trust me, you like nearly every fruit and vegetable there is.
And I’ll tell you what: when you learn some of the fascinating facts about what these foods can do for your body, it can really motivate you to branch out and discover multiple ways to include them in your diet. Lucky for you, I’ve got a little nutrition guide for a few of the foods on this list.
If you’d love a free download, submit your request below with the subject:
Send me a fall produce nutrition guide!
Additionally, if you’re in the Buffalo area and would love to learn some more cooking techniques from me (and take me up on my bet), today is your extra special lucky day! I will be teaching a cooking class on September 20, featuring Instant Pot Salmon with Chili-Lime Sauce, Autumn Farro Salad, Air Fryer Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas. Inquire below!
‘Til next time!
Produce in Season September-October