It’s the time of the year where we like to bust out the crockpot and turn towards warmer foods for comforting meals. Embracing fall with seasonal fruits and vegetables typically means a better overall food quality, ensuring the most fresh and flavorful meals at a better cost! Produce consumed closer to harvesting are higher in nutritional value, as some anti-oxidants such as vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Locally sourced in-season fruits and vegetables will also appear brighter and more vibrant when choosing them at the store or market.
Let’s check in with some of the best produce to buy this time of year. This season, try some new items on from the list! Add leeks to your next pot roast or pan of roasted vegetables. Try turnips baked or boiled in stews, soups and stir-fries. They are also great lightly steamed with some butter, salt and lemon juice for flavor. You can prepare them any way you would prepare a potato.
Don’t forget to check out the healthy recipes below to try with some of the foods listed!