Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Switching the Seasons

It's time for the winter veggies to take over...
Photo by Stuart Miles

As I was on my last grocery shopping trip, I couldn't help but notice the shift that was taking place in the produce department.  The zucchini had been moved to a smaller section, the cherries had disappeared, and the nectarines and peaches were no longer front and center.  Instead, I was seeing gourds of all types, apples, pears, and even pomegranates prominently displayed.  It's time to face the music:  Regardless of the weather outside, summer is leaving us, and the fall harvest is starting to come in.

When you're trying to make produce a significant amount of your meal and save money while you're at it, eating local and in season is about the only way to go. Watch the prices on your produce over the next few weeks.  The berries are about to skyrocket in price, but the stores will be practically giving away apples.

These are the fruits and veggies currently in season in the Pacific Northwest:


  • apples
  • pears
  • blackberries
  • cantaloupes
  • huckleberries
  • plums
  • pomegranates
  • artichokes
  • beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • sunchokes
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leeks
  • parsnips
  • pumpkins
  • rutabaga
  • winter squash
What's your favorite fall fruit or veggie?  I'm thrilled that pomegranates are back; that's a big favorite of mine.  I'm looking forward to trying some new veggies this year.  Winter veggies are the ones I usually tend to rebel against the most, so this is actually a great time to go for the veggie challenge.

What new local, in-season veggie are you going to commit to trying this fall?

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