Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 7:00 am
The very best time to buy fresh produce is when it is in season. It will be at the lowest price of the entire year! Some of the fruits and vegetables that you enjoyed in September will still be in season for at least part of October. There are also new ones to look for that have just come into season now.
What’s going out of season?
The cantaloupe that was in season during September is no longer in season for October. You can also say goodbye to fresh mangos and nectarines for now. Those are fruits that many associate with summer, so it makes sense that they go out of season for fall.
There are also some vegetables that you should get your fill of before they disappear for the season. These include sweet corn, carrots, cucumbers, chili peppers, okra, lettuce, green beans and tomatillos. Garlic is about to go out of season, too. You can expect the price of the produce that is no longer in season to go up. Consider purchasing frozen ones instead.
What is still in season?
You can probably guess which fruits and vegetables stay in season from September through October. It is the ones that people think of in the fall when the weather starts to get colder. Apples, peaches, pears, and plums are still in season this month. Pomegranates are also still in season.
The winter squashes are going to stay in season for a while. This includes the acorn squash, the butternut squash and the pumpkin. Some of the other vegetables that you enjoyed in September, and that will still be in season during October are spinach, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, leeks, and broccoli.
What’s new in October?
Cranberries start their season in October. Many people think of them as a food for Thanksgiving or some winter holidays. If you like them, you can start enjoying them now, for a nice price. Tangerines are in season right now, too. Those of you who miss the citrus fruits from previous seasons might do well with a tangerine or two.
What about the veggies? Some of the heartier types of vegetables are in season during October. Winter squash is now in season. You can also find in season collard greens, rutabagas, and parsnips. Butter lettuce, oddly enough, comes into season in October (despite the fact that other types of lettuce go out of season now). The sweet corn is at the end of its season, but some “regular” corn will remain in season for a bit longer.