Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the seasonal vegetable edition.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to blaspheme. I love fall just as much as the rest of you. The sweaters, the fireplaces, the mulled wine, the stomping in leaves, it’s all magical and perfect. But I have to say…fall can put me in a bit of a vegetable rut sometimes.
I’m already missing the glorious range of produce you find at farmers markets in summer. Next spring I want to take even more full advantage and start canning some and freezing more! Why don’t we have stores of beautiful veggies that will last through the leaves and snow? Somehow I think my own canned fruits and veggies would feel more exciting than heading to the prepackaged part of the grocery store like usual. Unfortunately, that's more of a task than I'm up for right now.
In the meantime, I’m determined to push myself to eat a wider range of seasonal fall produce. I tend to stick to what I know: squash, zucchini, brussel sprouts, but buying local should be equally fun all year round…with a bit of experimentation. I think it’s time to get weird with sunchokes, kohlrabi, parsnips, and persimmons! Now, I just need some good recipes. Please share any you think I might fancy.
Do you still visit your local farmers markets when their selection gets a little rootier? Any tips?