Hey, Guess What? It’s September.

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I blinked and the summer was gone. Maybe not literally, but it feels that way. We can feel the days shortening, and even if it’s still unfortunately hot and muggy outside, autumnal produce is starting to seep into the grocery aisles. Here’s what is in season this month in the Mid-Atlantic region:

  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chili Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Radicchio
  • Raspberries
  • Sage
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash
  • Zucchini

Here are a few ideas of what to do with that bounty, from my personal recipe stash:

Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie, to get you ready for the season while still cooling you down 🙂

You can find what is in season for you at the following links:
http://www.epicurious.com/archive/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/seasonalingredientmap
http://www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/
http://www.fieldtoplate.com/guide/

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