What's 'in' This Fall
Sad but true, summer is coming to an end, and along with it berries, stone fruit, tomatoes, and melons—good news is goodbye heat and humidity, hello autumn veggies and sweater wheater. It's not called the harvest season for nothing. With the change of weather comes a bounty of sweet, versatile squash and hearty leafy greens.
Shopping in-season allows you to buy food packed with nutrition, at the peak of freshness and often at the lowest price. One of the benefits of buying fruits and vegetables at the farmers market is variety: What’s there is what’s available and local.
Here’s a selection of some of the produce that can be found this season at markets in the Greater New York City area.
Fruit: apples, cranberries, figs, grapes, pears and pomegranates
Vegetables: acorn squash, beets, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, carnival squash, celery root, delicata squash, fennel, garlic, kale, lima beans, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, radicchio, spinach, shallots, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes and swiss chard
Fall is the best time of the year to roll up your sleeves, get in the kitchen and do some real cooking: put down the salad and cold leftovers; Now we can dig into cold weather classics like stews, soups, braised meats and baked goodies—food that just screams sweater weather. Autumn produce is perfect for experimenting with spices, herbs and low-and-slow cooking methods.