Don’t just shop farmers markets in the summer

Friday, November 14, 2008 5:34
Posted in category Cooking, Grocery shopping
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Many people make the mistaken assumption that once summer is over that you can’t buy from farmer’s markets anymore.  But there is a pretty good chance you are mistaken… just because strawberries and corn aren’t in season, doesn’t mean there isn’t farm fresh vegetables that are in season.  In actuality, there are many in-season vegetables right now.

The most common seasonal vegetables in November are:

  • Greens such as kalem bok choy, collards, chard and spinach
  • Brussel Sprouts (if you have ever wondered why they seem to be a Thanksgiving vegetable staple, it is because they are in season!)
  • Many types of squashes including the common butternut squash
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes (again, a popular Thanksgiving veggie!)
  • Broccoli & broccolini
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery root
  • Pumpkin (of course!)
  • Turnips
  • Rutabaga
  • Parsnips

So next time you are in the neighborhood of your local farmer’s market, drive by and see if it is open or what hours it is open (some might only be open Saturdays and Sundays).  You never know if it is open, and you can save a bundle by buying those vegetables that re in season now, rather than paying a premium for out of season fruits and veggies.  And even if it is closed, you will find these seasonal vegetables should be priced quite reasonably in the grocery store now.

How many in season vegetables can you use in your cooking this month?

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