A lot has happened over the past two weeks! Fall has arrived, and October has reared its beautiful head bringing the promise of cooler weather and a new season of produce at the local markets. Of course every season brings about a new variety of fruits and vegetables in their prime. As a seasonal food writer, I find there are many great reasons to eat with the seasons, one of the most obvious reasons being that you get the best tasting food available.
Now in October and throughout the season, farmers markets and grocery stores will be full of apples, figs, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squash. Here’s a complete list of my absolute favorite in-season produce:
Apples: There are thousands of varieties of apples, ranging from tender to crisp and sweet to tart. Apples are available year-round, but they’re best from September to November.
Pumpkin: A staple for autumn festivities, the pumpkin makes its way into a multitude of dishes this time of year. Enjoy this versatile squash fresh whenever possible—the canned version is not nearly as delicious.
Figs: Figs have two seasons: a quick, early summer season and fall.
Pears: I love to bake pear crumbles for breakfast.
Mushrooms: While most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak in fall and winter.
Winter Squash: Some of my favorite varieties are acorn, butternut and spaghetti.
Other abundant fall produce include: artichokes, beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, eggplant, garlic, grapes, leeks, lemongrass, shallots, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, parsnip and potatoes.
About Amanda Jane
Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog Seasonally Jane, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing. Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.