Fall Produce Guide – Food In Season In Your Region
Whether you plant your own garden every year or visit the farmer’s market, fall is a great season for produce! All areas are different, of course, so you need to look at foods you will find in the different areas of the United States during the Autumn season.
The climate in this region is perfect for the fall produce that you see most often featured in pictures depicting a bountiful Autumn. During the fall season in the Midwest, depending on which area you find yourself in, you can buy fruits and veggies like apples, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, pumpkins, beets, and turnips at the local markets.
You may not be as familiar with some of the other produce harvested during the cool fall season, such as parsnips, kale, rutabaga, and eggplant. Some of your favorite hearty staples are also found in the Midwest regions during the fall; bountiful crops such as potatoes, squash, onions, and carrots. There’s also the cranberry. Where would we be without our cranberry on the Autumn table! Look for all of these fall favorites anytime before the first hard frost in the coldest regions of the Midwest.
The Northeast areas are generally surrounded by masses of water so they are typically known for their seafood and other types of game. However, these regions also give us beets, Brussles sprouts, cranberries, grapes, onions, nectarines, and even rutabaga.
Looking to try something different, but still fresh in the Northeast region? Perhaps you can give chicory, escarole, pluots or some radicchio a try this fall. Pluots are amazing hybrids between a plum and an apricot, and they should definitely be on your list of foods to try this year. So, when you think of the northeast, don’t just think about lobster; think about all the wonderful produce that region has to offer, as well. I tried them for the first time ever and loved them! Never knew they existed until now.
During the cooler months, you can find sweet potatoes, tomatillos, collard greens, figs, okra, pecans, mustard greens, kale greens, and green beans. And of course the fruit. Citrus is a welcome addition to any table as the fall months move into winter.
The crops in the South during the fall often dictate the menu for many a meal during holidays and family get-together. Pecan pie just screams Southern comfort food. Sweet potato casserole and a pot of collard greens is on every southern table during the fall season.
The Northwest region of the United States tends to have a more consistent climate throughout the year which makes it a prime growing region for some of the more delicate fruits and veggies. With a temperate climate that has a considerable amount of rainfall, you can expect produce that likes to stay cool and shaded to grow in this region.
During the fall months you will find boysenberries, huckleberries, artichokes, kiwi, mint, sage, basil, watercress, and rosemary in fresh abundance. Other produce you will find in this region includes chard, beets, Brussels sprouts, celery, and arugula. One of the biggest crops you’ll find in the northwest is apples.
My husband is originally from Washington State. One of his first jobs when he was a teenager was picking boysenberries. You can also tell WA is known for it’s Apples. When we travel across country to visit his family, we see fields and fields of Apple trees when we get into the state.
No matter what region of the country you are in, stop in and visit your local farmer’s market. You’ll be glad you did!