Maximize Nutrition and Get Lower Prices
As the days get shorter and temperatures cool down, you may be sad that the fruits and vegetables at their best during the summer will either disappear from view or simply not be as delicious. Never fear, though, because you can take advantage of purchasing fruits and vegetables that are at their peak during the fall months.
Check out this list:
Apples — Sept. and Oct.
Beets — Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Broccoli — Nov.
Brussels sprouts — Oct. and Nov.
Butternut squash — Sept. and Oct.
Cabbage —Oct. and Nov.
Cantaloupe — Sept.
Cauliflower — Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Grapes — Sept. and Oct.
Green beans — Sept.
Leeks — Oct. and Nov.
Mangoes — Sept.
Okra — Sept.
Oranges and Tangerines — Nov.
Peppers — Sept.
Pomegranates — Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Pumpkins — Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Spinach — Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Sweet potatoes — Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Swiss chard — Sept. and Oct.
Tomatoes — Sept.
Why is it a good idea to buy produce during its peak season? There are three primary reasons: it tastes better, it contains more natural nutrients, and you may also save money — the result of lower shipping costs and the law of supply and demand, i.e., when there is more to sell, the price goes down.
While you can certainly shop for in-season produce at your local supermarket, farmers’ markets are often considered to be the best source for the freshest fruits and vegetables. But, you should be on the lookout for these problem tipoffs, courtesy of Reader’s Digest:
• The produce isn’t in season.
• The seller can’t answer basic questions about production.
• It’s not a producer-only market.
• Signs are used to trick you into thinking the produce is organic.
• You spot a commercial carton.
Want to always be on top of what’s in season? Check out this seasonal produce guide from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide. Remember, you are what you eat.