Eating Seasonally: October

Living in a place where farmers grow some of the nation’s finest produce year-round means that we have access to the freshest seasonal produce throughout the year at our many farmer markets. With so many different fruits and vegetables coming and going each week, exploring the farmers market is always a fun experience, but it can also be daunting. Each month We’ll be highlighting what’s in season at your local market and even share different ways to enjoy the season’s bounty.

Fall has officially arrived, and with shorter days and cooler temperatures, many of the summer fruits and veggies will soon be replaced by those of fall and winter. There’s still time to get your summer squash, peppers, and tomatoes—but you better hurry! Pick up a few extra tomatoes this week and can them to preserve the season so you can enjoy them all winter long!10-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-1210-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-38After this long hot summer, We’re welcoming fall with open arms, and nothing says fall like fresh-picked apples and there are so many varieties of apples to choose from. Here are a few tips to help you compare apples to apples.

1. Pretty much any apple can be enjoyed raw but Gala and Fuji are extra delicious.
2. For baking, you want an apple that will hold its shape well like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Baldwin.
3. For applesauce, choose something sweet like McIntosh, Stayman, or Rome Beauty.
4. For anything and everything else, the most delicious, however, you choose to use it, is the Honey Crisp.

If you can’t find the apple you’re looking for at your local farmers market, you’re sure to find it at Apple Hill. 10-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-22 farmers-market1 10-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-18The markets are filling up with lots of edible fall decorations right now. Acorn squash, kabocha, and delicata are just a few of my favorites that are great for fall arrangements right up to the day you’re ready to eat them. And when it comes to cooking these winter squash, simply roast them in your oven, then add them to a salad or a pasta dish, or puree into a soup.

Get out to the farmers market this week and “fall” in love with something new!10-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-3610-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-77 10-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-2710-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-19

Shopping List:
  • apples
  • Asian pears
  • artichokes
  • greens
  • butternut squash
  • pumpkin
  • acorn squash
  • kabocha
  • delicata

Get ’em before they’re gone: summer squash, peppers, tomatoes

Try something new: cactus fruit10-16-city-scout-sacramento-farmers-market-9

Head over to our Things to Do calendar to find a farmers market near you!