In Season Produce
Enjoy fresh and nutritious in season produce now from VG's Grocery
In the Midwest, as summer comes to an end and the weather begins to cool, we get to experience another harvest of local bounty - fall produce including a variety of apples, winter squash, and root veggies.
September through december:
Some of the best local produce items to enjoy this fall and early winter include Apples, Pears, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Pumpkin!
enjoy the bounty of In Season Produce
One of the most anticipated local produce items are apples. Apples are a source of fiber which promotes heart health and gut health. We carry between 7 and 10 varieties of apples on average and try to have local options when possible. Here is a recipe for Almond Apple Muffins, just in time for fall.
Pears are a source of fiber which promotes heart and gut health. Eat the skin of the pear for even more nutrition. Try this Harvest Wild Rice recipe as a side or add chicken breast for a complete meal.
Onions contain sulfuric compounds which are believed to reduce cancer risk. Add onions to almost any meal for nutrition and flavor. Hearty soups are perfect as the weather cools and this Turkey Sausage and Lentil Soup is sure to please.
Parsnips are a root veggie like carrots but contain more manganese which supports brain health. Unlike carrots, parsnips are generally cooked as part of a recipe before enjoying. Serve this Carrot and Parsnip Gratin as a side to any main dish for a nutritious meal.
Potatoes are a well-loved veggie and are a source of potassium; potatoes contain more potassium than bananas. Be sure to eat the skin with the potato for the best nutrition. Serve these Loaded Potato Skins at tailgating events or fall gatherings.
The potassium in acorn squash helps with fluid balance in the body and muscle contractions. Bake and enjoy either with savory spices, a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, or puree for a delicious soup like in this Acorn Squash Soup recipe.
Butternut squash is a source of vitamins A and E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to repair and protect your body. Bake and enjoy either with savory spices or a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, similar to acorn squash. This hearty Beet, Squash, and Quinoa Salad is a fall favorite you will want to enjoy over and over again.
Little but mighty, Brussels sprouts are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals to support health. A cruciferous veggie like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, Brussels sprouts may prevent cancer. Try shredded Brussels sprouts in a fresh salad or sauté or roast for a sweeter flavor. Our Cider Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds recipe will make you a fan of Brussels sprouts.
Pumpkins are a source of vitamin A and fiber. While many people choose to incorporate pumpkin into pies and other sweets, pumpkin also pairs well with savory flavors such as in soup or sauce for pasta. Try this nutrient dense Blushing Harvest Crisp as an alternative to typical pumpkin desserts.
As we prepare for winter, stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies and preserve by canning, freezing, or dehydrating. If you do not happen to stock up, no worries - at VG's Grocery we will have a full produce section all winter long.