We love farmers markets all summer, so it might be hard to remember they produce good fresh fruits and veggies well into fall and winter, too. Of course, not everything’s in season, but you’ve just got to know what to look for and where to find it. Here are a few tips for our Neighbors in the Seattle, San Francisco and Portland areas to see what’s cropping up at your local farmers market this season.
First, we’ll start with what’s fresh now.
Stew staples: This is the season for carrots, celery, leeks, radishes and shallots. Those are the building blocks for the hearty, warm stews that stick to your bones when it’s cold.
Squash and sprouts: Colorful heirloom winter squash like acorn squash and butternut squash all make great soups and sides. You only have to slice, scoop then roast them for a sweet addition to your fall/winter table. Or, you can cook then blend them up with some roasted carrots and stock. The season’s inveterate classic Brussels sprouts are coming, as well. Grab a stalk and roast, steam or stir-fry them for a classic side.
Fruits: Pomegranates are starting to be plentiful, and while it may seem like a hassle to dislodge all those tasty red seeds from the inside, the hard work is totally worth it. You’ll get a colorful pop on your table and interesting dimension to basically whatever you want to use them in. Be on the lookout for citrus coming soon. Mandarins, oranges and grapefruits are going to roll in before you know it.
Herbs and flowers: This is a good time to find fresh rosemary, oregano, sage, tarragon and parsley. Plus, fall blooms should also be ready to take home.
Even more: Farmers markets are always a great place for farm-fresh yogurt, eggs, and cheeses to complement your holiday charcuterie plates. You’ll also find artisan breads, fresh seafood, spirits and more.
Here’s where to find a farmers market near you: You might have to travel a little farther afield from your Neighborhood to get a farmers market this season, but farm-fresh ingredients for your fall table is worth the extra effort.
Seattle Farmers Markets:
Portland Farmers Markets:
Bay Area Farmers Markets:
– Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm, Tuesdays/Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm