Fall Produce at Grocery Stores & Farmers Markets
Whenever possible, it is best to buy fresh fruits and vegetables as opposed to those that are out of season. Fresh produce not only tastes better but is cheaper as well, enabling you to save money while maintaining a healthy diet. What is more, you can preserve at least some of the fresh produce you purchase by freezing, canning or pickling it. In this way, you can enjoy great, healthy food even months after it has gone out of season.
Know What Is in Season
What you'll find at the local grocery store or farmer's market depends in large part on where you live. In the Southern Unites States, fall is an ideal time to shop for vegetables and fruits as the heat prevents a lot of foods from growing well during the summer. Some fresh fruits and vegetables you will find in this area during the fall months include apples, beets, cucumbers, cabbage, kale, lettuce, peppers, persimmons, pumpkins, winter squash and sweet potatoes. In the Northeastern United States, common fall produce includes beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, chard, celery root, cauliflower, fennel, eggplant, mushrooms, pears and turnips.
Alternatively, you can grow your own produce instead of buying it. While this is easiest to do in warm climates, you can even grow food in the north during the chilly fall months, if you set up a greenhouse and know what to plant and how to care for it.
Knowing what produce to look for during the fall will help you find the best deals. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of produce available during this time, making it easy for you to find food that is easy for you to cook and that you enjoy eating without having to pay a lot of money.
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