The leaves in the valley are beginning to change, and so is the seasonality of produce available at the market! Typically when we think of autumn produce, we think of apples, pumpkins, and squash.
Lucky for us ohioans, there’s actually a rather large abundance of fresh, in-season produce that thrives during the fall. So why is seasonality important? And what can we expect to see at the farmers’ market this fall season?
Why is Seasonality Important?
The concept of eating seasonally is a historically-rooted concept. In ancient India, the practice of ayurveda (an ancient alternative medicine system), had a special term for eating seasonally, called ritucharya. It consisted of a list of seasonal foods and the best time to eat them, used in order to prevent disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Fruits and vegetables naturally grow in cycles, and ripen during certain seasons. However, modern-day agricultural practices has made farming fresh fruits and vegetables year-round easier, making many different kinds of produce more accessible, even out of season.
Although we are technically able to eat certain fruits and vegetables out of season, those that are in-season are considered to be fresher and more delicious. In fact, studies show that fruits and vegetables that are allowed to ripen naturally contain more nutrients than those that are consumed out of season.
Not only is eating with the seasons good for your own health, but it’s considered to be healthy for the environment as well. It allows fruits and vegetables to return to their natural cycles, and when you’re buying this seasonal produce locally, you help to reduce emissions from long-distance transport.
What’s Available at the Farmers’ Market this Fall
As we enter our final month of our outdoor farmers’ market at Howe Meadow, there’s plenty of fresh, locally grown produce that’s currently in-season and available for purchase:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Endive & Escarole
- Ginger Root
- Leafy Lettuce
- Mustard greens
- Peppers (Bell, Hot and Sweet)
- Winter Squash
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Potatoes
Want to beat the lines for popular produce items? Try preordering! Although not every produce item listed above is available for preorder, there’s still plenty of amazing local products available here, open from Tuesday’s at 10 a.m. to Wednesday’s at 6 p.m.
Farmers’ markets make the perfect family weekend activity, and this fall we’re putting on a special event on Oct. 30 to celebrate Halloween and the end of our outdoor market season, Howl-oween at Howe Meadow, where dogs will be welcome during the entire market, with activities like a costume contest (for both you and your pooch), live-music, halloween-themed photo booths, and so much more. We hope to see you there!