I will be posting a monthly guide for what is in season based on information provided by Louisiana Grown, a project of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that seeks to promote LA farmers through statewide branding.
I think fall might be Louisiana’s best kept secret. The days are drenched in sunlight, the air is clear and crisp. and the produce is prolific. While the northeast is catapulting towards winter (is has already snowed in VT!) the south is slowly ambling toward a beautiful and productive time of year. I was worried that I would miss the changing of seasons I’ve grown accustomed to, but today (72 and sunny) is monumentally different than the day we arrived (98 and sunny). I feel at peace.
Without further ado.. the following crops are harvested throughout November:
bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, hot peppers, kale, lettuce, mandarins, melons, mustard greens, okra, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, satsumas, snap beans, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, tomatoes, yellow squash, zuchini squash, and watermelons.
Now that I have the pleasure of working with Good Eggs I can also add to the list: mizuna, meyer lemons, bok choy, collards, sprouts, rampini, tatsoi, cilantro, chives, ginger, thai eggplant, elephant garlic, green tomatoes, and turnips.
Where to find all this beautiful produce:
- Crescent City Farmer’s Market
- Good Eggs NOLA
- Louisiana Grown Farmer’s Market
- Hollygrove Market & Farm
And a few ideas of what to do with it…
- I thought meyer lemons were only a California thing – I’m glad I’m wrong! I tried this meyer lemon foccacia from Food52 last year and it was ah-mazing.
- Pumpkin is not my favorite, but it seems to be everyone else’s. I’m willing to wager that these pumpkin pecan scones with brown butter glaze from Joy the Baker are a doozy.
- Last month I bought a vegetable spiralizer and I have to say it is the best kitchen appliance I’ve ever purchased. It is a game changer. Salads that look like noodles are something I am willing to stand behind! Turn your cucumbers, squash, and zucchini into art. (I am in no way associated with Paderno or Amazon).
- For more spiralizer recipes look to the new food blog inspiralized.
- Adam from the Amateur Gourmet promised the best broccoli of your life last year, and he delivered! I have made this at least 10x in the last year.
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away! Unfortunately turkeys did not fare so well in Louisiana this year, so consider subbing the usual star of the show with a brisket or ham. If you are traditionalist you can order sustainable heritage birds online. Check out the Sustainable Table’s “Talking Turkey” guide for a list of heritage breeders.
As always, happy eating to you and yours!