-What’s in Season in September?

What’s in season?

September

Fruits & Vegetables

For kids it’s Back to School time, for us adults, September is Back to Routine time! Or is it just me? I feel like our activity level, our work schedules and even our eating patterns are more predictable now.

While I’ll miss casual summer dinning, I’m also happy to return to meal planning and having a sense of what’s coming up during the week. Meal planning is a great way to plan for what foods are in season which in turn will save you money while getting the best tasting produce of the year.

As frost hits the garden, we’ll transition from juicy fruits and veggies to more starchy root veggies and winter squash.

Get ready for a change of taste and say hello to warm, comfort foods!

  • Find the freshest tasting produce
  • Get the most affordable produce
  • Reduce your environmental footprint
  • Get instant variety by eating seasonally

Use this list for meal planning and making grocery lists.

Supplement this list with frozen and canned fruits and veggies to keep costs down. Of course, you can add whatever fresh produce you’d like. I often add other fresh produce that comes from as close to home as possible. For example there are more local greenhouses that sustainably grow tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, fresh herbs, lettuce and micro-greens. And, on special occasions, I also reach for exotic fruits and veggies from around the world. What a treat!

list of foods in season in september

Helpful Tips

How to Store September Fruits & Vegetables

  • Buying veggies with greens still attached is a great way to judge freshness, but once you get them home, cut the greens off or they will draw moisture out of the vegetable you want to eat. Do this for carrots, beets, turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, radishes and other root veggies.
  • Onions and potatoes both prefer cool, dark spaces (not the fridge) but they don’t like being next to each other. They cause premature sprouting and off flavours.
  • When buying bags or plastic containers of lettuce, salad mixes, spinach or other mixes choose ones that have the least amount of moisture/condensation in them; they’ll last longer.
  • Ever notice a white film on grapes and plums? That’s a natural coating called bloom produced by fruit to protect from moisture loss – how cool is that! It’s perfectly safe to eat and your grapes will store longer if you don’t wash it off.
  • When buying heads of cabbage (any variety) look for firm, heavy cabbages with bright coloured leaves that are tightly attached to the head.
  • When buying heads of cabbage (any variety) look for firm, heavy cabbages with bright coloured leaves that are tightly attached to the head.

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