In the Midwest, as summer comes to an end and the weather begins to cool, we get to experience another harvest of local bounty - fall produce including a variety of apples, winter squash, and root veggies.
September through December:
Some of the best local produce items to enjoy this fall and early winter include Apples, Pears, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Pumpkin!
Enjoy the Bounty of in Season Produce
One of the most anticipated local produce items are apples. Apples are a source of fiber which promotes heart health and gut health. We carry between 7 and 10 varieties of apples on average and try to have local options when possible.
Pears are a source of fiber which promotes heart and gut health. Eat the skin of the pear for even more nutrition.
Onions contain sulfuric compounds which are believed to reduce cancer risk. Add onions to almost any meal for nutrition and flavor.
Parsnips are a root veggie like carrots but contain more manganese which supports brain health. Unlike carrots, parsnips are generally cooked as part of a recipe before enjoying.
Potatoes are a well-loved veggie and are a source of potassium; potatoes contain more potassium than bananas. Be sure to eat the skin with the potato for the best nutrition.
The potassium in acorn squash helps with fluid balance in the body and muscle contractions.
Butternut squash is a source of vitamins A and E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to repair and protect your body. Bake and enjoy either with savory spices or a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, similar to acorn squash.
Little but mighty, Brussels sprouts are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals to support health. A cruciferous veggie like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, Brussels sprouts may prevent cancer. Try shredded Brussels sprouts in a fresh salad or sauté or roast for a sweeter flavor.
Pumpkins are a source of vitamin A and fiber. While many people choose to incorporate pumpkin into pies and other sweets, pumpkin also pairs well with savory flavors such as in soup or sauce for pasta.
As we prepare for winter, stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies and preserve by canning, freezing, or dehydrating. If you do not happen to stock up, no worries - we will have a full produce section all winter long.