With another holiday checked off the list, the calendar makes a turn to November. We’re coming in to the peak of fall, staring down the final weeks of the year, and mentally preparing ourselves for the holidays. All of that means there’s no denying that it’s comfort food season.
The foods that dress a Thanksgiving table so beautifully are available fresh in most parts of the country. You’ll no doubt want to dust off the roasting pans, slow cookers, and pie plates and start preparing family favorites that keep the most blustery fall days cozy, warm, and not to mention satisfying.
There’s no simpler way to do something for the environment than to eat seasonally. This means no tomatoes in winter and no bananas in summer, but it also means food doesn’t have to travel as far and growers aren’t manipulating growing conditions. It also means your food tastes as fresh as possible and your recipes will reflect that in their flavor.
This time of year many farmers markets have already closed up shop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your pick of fresh produce. Speak with your grocery manager about where they source produce from. If you got the name of your favorite farmers market vendor, you can reach out to them directly. If you have a CSA membership it likely includes fall and winter produce.
For the month of November, you’ll want to keep an eye out for:
FRUITS: Apples, pears, cranberries, avocado, bananas.
VEGETABLES: Carrots, cauliflower, turnips, beets, leeks, parsnips.
Follow these recipes to enjoy these in-season comfort foods: