Autumn produce is different from region to region across the globe. There are many factors that contribute to it, especially the native flora and the climate in your region. Depending on where you live, you may go through a mild unnoticed autumn or no autumn while others may witness an absolutely beautiful autumn where the world turns yellow, red, and orange! This post is about what's available in New Jersey and surrounding areas when autumn finally arrives after a long summer.
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Fall is harvest time... so there is an abundance of mushrooms, winter squashes, pumpkins, potatoes, parsnips, brussels sprouts, apples, and pears during this season. Beets, beans, cauliflower, and cabbage are also available. Nuts are also harvested this time of the year. If you are in North America, the following sites are a great way to find out about what's growing or being harvested in your area:
So here's what you will find during autumn in the New Jersey area.
At the beginning of the season, you will still find a lot of summer produce, such as watermelon, cabbage, corn okra, and peppers at the local markets.
As nature begins to move downward into the earth, you will begin to get grapes, kale, bok choy, fennel, edamame, and hard squashes such as pumpkin, butternut squash, acorn squash, kabocha squash, etc. You will also see a variety of potatoes and sweet potatoes at this time.
As the season progresses, look for cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, rutabagas, celery root, horseradish, and my favorites - brussels sprouts, parsnips, and sunchokes - at your local market.
Mushrooms, especially hen of the woods, shoot their heads up this time of the year.
Nuts are also harvested during this season.
As you can see, nature's produce is moving from shoots to roots, and that is the case in all regions that experience a four season climate. That's why, as nature makes this transition, you should too.
NOTE: If you live in North America and would like to see what's growing near you this time of the year, check out: https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org
You can also check out https://www.grownyc.org/seafoodharvestcalendar and https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/whatsavailable