What’s In Season: September
At this time of year, a trip to the market is proof of how quickly everything is transitioning; while the sun is often out and it feels like summer, the produce indicates otherwise. A change is just around the corner. There are squashes everywhere, with only a hint of late summer berries.
September is always bittersweet. It’s the month that usually stays warm and sunny enough that you can pretend it’s still summer. The care-free feel that July and August bring however is pushed aside, replaced by a more pragmatic attitude. There’s work to be done, school to go to, and colder days are coming. This is no time for dancing barefoot in the grass, or drinking lemonade on the porch, like you were doing just a few weeks ago.
Fortunately though, September has its tasty gifts to help with the emotions brought on by this seasonal transition. It’s fig time after all. In other words, PUT FIGS IN EVERYTHING season. And there’s something to be said for counting down the days to big sweaters and mugs of hot cider. And hello, the pumpkins are out!
Some of the summer delights still hang on in the earlier part of the month, like blackberries. Get in a weekend adventure in the brambles if you can.
To help you embrace the coming of autumn, here’s a guide to some of the wonderful seasonal foods that you have at your disposal this month.
What’s in Season: September
Some seasonal recipes to try:
What’s In Season is a monthly roundup of… wait for it… what’s in season. Now granted, doing a list of what’s in season is a little hard – I don’t have the exact GPS coordinates of every single reader. But I am going to base this off of my own experience and what I’m currently buying and eating, so we’re talking Northern Hemisphere, which accounts for a lot of you readers. You may not find all of the things at the in season list at your local market, but at least it will give you a good idea of what would be good to put on your plate.
Zucchini Millet Risotto with Kale and Basil
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