Fresh Produce from a Fall Farmers Market
Sometimes, eating healthy comes with a higher price than eating prepackaged meals filled with preservatives. However, you can cut grocery costs by buying fresh, organic fruits and vegetables at a local farmers market. These can be preserved or frozen and you have control over how much salt and sugar you would add to them. Now, you can enjoy nutritious food all winter long.
The Seasonal Vegetable Lineup
The times of year when fall vegetables are ready varies depending upon climate. For instance, apples are available from late June to early October in Alabama but until late November in Illinois. Of course, the species of produce does differ from state to state.
In any case, this is an example of the fruits and vegetables you would find during the fall harvest season and what their nutritional benefits are.
- Carrots – Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, and they also provide a trace of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B and other nutrients in each serving. This vegetable also has a fair amount of Vitamin K in it.
- Broccoli – A serving of flower clusters has more than 40 percent Vitamin A and more than 100 percent Vitamin C. It also has a trace of protein in it.
- Pumpkins – Raw pumpkin provides a substantial dose of Vitamin A and has a small about of fiber. This low-carb food also has some Vitamin C in it and traces of other minerals and vitamins.
- Eggplant – The raw version of this food has a few grams of fiber in it plus offers some traces of Vitamin C and Vitamin K in it. It also provides at least a gram of protein.
- Spinach – Raw spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It also has a small amount of Vitamin B6, Calcium, Folate and other vitamins and minerals in it.
Even if you live in a cold climate, the fall farmers market produce you buy can keep you fed all winter long. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables and learn how to store them in jars, in freezer bags and more. Generally, preserving them yourself provides you more nutritional and diet benefits than purchasing store-bought versions of the same foods.
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