Lifestyle

September Eats: Eating What’s in Season

By: Aria Gray MPH: Maternal and Child Health candidate 2017

Halloween decorations, gourds, and thick sweaters are already in stores, but it is still warm outside. This means that we still have plenty of time to enjoy an abundance of produce in season. Here are some of my favorite recipes (and some that I have had my eye on for a while) for produce that is currently in season in North Carolina. Use this as inspiration to visit a local farmers market and cook seasonally! Check out this guide to continue eating seasonally throughout the year. What are your favorite seasonal recipes?

apples
Apples
Healthy Apple Muffins – Cookie & Kate
Apple Pecan Arugula Salad – Minimalist Baker

blackberries
Blackberries
Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries & Coconut – Cookie & Kate
Blackberry Chia Jam – Two Peas &Their Pod

cucumbers
Cucumbers
Cucumber Yogurt Raita Salad – Smitten Kitchen
Avocado Cucumber Salad – Smitten Kitchen

eggplant
Eggplant
Grilled Ratatouille – Serious Eats
Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad – Giada De Laurentiis
Charred Eggplant and Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad – Smitten Kitchen

peaches
Peaches
Peach Ricotta Crostini – Budget Bytes
Almond Crisped Peaches – Smitten Kitchen

heirloom-tomatoes
Tomatoes
Burrata and Heirloom Caprese Salad – foodiecrush
Spaghetti with Sun Gold Tomato Sauce – Amateur Gourmet

zucchini
Zucchini
Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto – Cookie & Kate
Zucchini with Almonds – Amateur Gourmet

  • shaunalayres

    I love the Carrboro Farmers Market and am definitely going this Saturday to pick up some ingredients for some of these recipes. It is difficult to eat seasonally when everything is so accessible at the grocery store, but I love the challenge and supporting our local farms and growers.

  • clueckin

    What a bounty of delicious, beautiful recipes to finish out the summer growing season! Eating locally has a wealth of benefits for environmental and physical health as well as the economy. In case people want to locate seasonal (local) markets, they can search here: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/f… or if people want seasonal guides outside of North Carolina they can look here: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-through-sea….