Fall is such a wonderful time to enjoy local food finds. Farmers Markets are bursting with vegetables fresh from the fields. Certain farms open up and invite you to come and pick your own fruits or vegetables. I have made these kinds of trips a must for each fall. My favorite is to pick your own apples right off the tree. Last weekend, I visited one of our local farms and had so much fun walking among the trees and choosing what kinds of apples I wanted to take home that day.
There are so many varieties of apples available, and often the farm you go to have a list of what each apple is best used for. Some apples are best for snacking, others are awesome baking apples, early season apples are best enjoyed in a couple of weeks, and some late season apples can last you through the winter. Then there are the colors – red, yellow, green, and then the inside of the apple can be a selling point as well such as a Snow Apple that has a pure white flesh that is so fun to bite into. Picking a bag of apples takes no time at all, and you know you will be enjoying the freshest apples you can find.
5 Ways to Enjoy Local Foods
- Eat them raw (Eating them in the car on the way home sounds pretty good right now!)
- Roast them, fry them, bake them, grill them whatever way you decide to cook them, it’s all good!
- Soups – now is the time of year to get cozy and enjoy a good bowl of soup, yum!
- Fermenting or Canning – Find a recipe to turn a fall favorite into something you can enjoy months from now during the days of winter.
- Decorating – Using your fall harvest to decorate your home is so much fun. (and if your item can be used for multiple purposes all the better – a big pumpkin can be scooped out to provide roasted pumpkin seeds, and then become a jack-o-lantern decoration.)
Many farms that you can do picking at, also offer other fall activities that you can enjoy. Ever tried FRESH apple cider, made right on the farm? Take home a quart or a gallon to enjoy this week. Or how about enjoying a warm Apple Cider Doughnut. How about looking over and seeing a pumpkin patch for as far as you can see, and then finding out that you can take a ride on a tractor wagon to go out in that field and pick the pumpkin that would be the star of your Halloween celebration. (Oh, and don’t forget the gourds to make your decorations even more festive!)
Also be sure to look at your local resources to find farms that might allow you to pick more than just the traditional fall favorites. If you love cabbage, have you ever picked your own right from the fields? Whether you are making a fermented sauerkraut, or a creamy coleslaw it will taste so much better if YOU pick it out special for your recipe.
Or maybe a squash is on your menu for tonight, what squash do you like best? How do you like to prepare it, and what local source do you prefer to go to for your purchase.
If you would like ideas to enjoy fall, check out the Designing for Plenty Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/designingforplenty/plenty-of-celebrating-fall/
What type of foods do you find locally in your area? What are your favorite finds, and how do you like to prepare them? Please share your favorite fall harvest ideas in the comments below.