Eating seasonally is not only good for the environment and local economy, it is also the prefect way to ensure you enjoy the freshest produce possible. Here in Mississippi, the harvest season doesn’t end with the final days of summer. In fact, October offers a rich variety of local fruits and vegetables that are currently at their peak season. Here are some of the best in-season vegetables and fruits available in Mississippi, and a bonus recipe to use after your hit the garden.
A perfect way to add some heat to your favorite cold-weather staples, chiles are in-season through October. If you’re tailgating, chiles are a great ingredient for gameday chili.
Believe it or not, carrots are available year-round. Whether you have your own garden or get our produce from a local farmer, carrots make great ingredients in stews and soups and are a wonderful side for steaks when roasted.
Quintessentially southern, collard greens are actually just coming into peak season in October. Great for upscale dishes and fried chicken dinners, collard greens are healthy and flavorful.
Like collards, kale is great on its own and also as an addition to many soups and other cool-weather favorites. If you want a healthy take on a classic snack, try baking kale chips in the oven.
Finally, don’t forget winter squashes such as butternut squash. Available throughout the colder months of the year, butternut squash enjoys a popular reputation for good reason. Check out this delicious roasted butternut squash recipe and get ready to enjoy all of the local, in-season produce in one dish.
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