Eating a healthy diet generally means trying to get the freshest ingredients that you can. Fresh foods are just inherently better. Less processing means the food has lost fewer overall nutrients. That’s actually why frozen foods tend to be the second-best option if you can’t get fresh foods. Fortunately, many of us live within range of at least one or two farmer’s markets. These offer us a way to get truly farm-fresh foods from local areas. The catch is that, unlike supermarkets, the foods available at farmer’s markets obey the seasons. We’re approaching fall now and the changes are likely going to become apparent fairly soon. You’re going to want to start becoming acquainted with some of your fall food options now so that you can plan for meals in the near future. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of your better food options at the farmer’s market this fall.
This favorite sits at an interesting position. Much like most vegetables, you can get it all year if you go to a standard grocery store. That’s typically due to the simple fact it can be imported from areas where it is in season. However, fall is the time when it is in season in the United States and when you’ll start seeing it turning up in farmer’s markets with a crisp, sweet taste. Cabbage makes a great addition to any fall table as it provides a nice base or complementary flavor for a variety of dishes. Salads are a popular use for it for a reason but don’t need to be the only thing you need to eat cabbage in. Look up some fall recipes using the vegetable to get some diverse ideas on how to make the most of the seasonal delight. The flavor will certainly go a long way towards ensuring that you get to have a proper and delightful taste of fall.
These are another fall favorite that you can expect to start seeing rather soon. Sweet potatoes are easily one of the more versatile options you’ll have to cook over the course of the fall. Not only can they be eaten on their own, but casseroles, desserts, and other meals are all easily made out of them. Mashed sweet potatoes are even a holiday favorite for Thanksgiving in some parts of the country. It certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re incredibly healthy for you. As excellent sources of vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes support a wide number of bodily processes and keep your body working smoothly. The dietary fiber certainly doesn’t hurt either. The extra potassium can also be helpful to anyone looking to keep a healthy amount of it in their diet. Regardless of how you choose to prepare them, there’s no denying that they make a tasty addition to any fall spread. All you’ve got to do is figure out what will work best around your table.
Even if you’re not typically a fan of squash, this kind has a distinct flavor that tends to make it an exception. The creamy texture tends to make it exceedingly popular as far as ingredients go. A rich and easily paired taste means you’ll find it in a lot of places over the course of the fall. Stews tend to be particularly popular thanks to the flavor of the squash often acting as a nice counterpoint to the main parts of a dish. Simply roasting the squash is another popular way to enjoy this fall vegetable. You can expect to see it farther into fall though as sometimes it may still be growing in the earliest parts of fall. Much like sweet potatoes, it is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium. These support your health in various ways and make fall that much easier to get through. Perhaps the best part is that the squash is comparatively low fat and therefore easy to indulge in without guilt thorough fall.
Checking for new vegetables to include in your meals should become a habit eventually if you shop at the farmer’s market for long. This will ultimately lead you to an overall healthier lifestyle. Local, in-season vegetables tend to be overall healthier and offer you a more distinct flavor than those that have had to cross an ocean to reach you. Keep this in mind the next time you go the farmer’s market and feel hesitant about trying something new.