This Is The Best Produce To Buy In October — And What To Cook With It

It’s harvest season!

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Give thanks for the harvest all month long by enjoying the bounty of fall (arguably the best season of the year!). Farmers’ markets and grocery stores will be decked out in seasonal colours thanks to all the fresh pumpkins and winter squash that’s starting to peak now. Beyond gourds, you can enjoy fresh apples, pears and cranberries, and be sure to take advantage of the tail-end of corn and tomato season. Here’s what fruits and veggies you should most definitely eat (and cook and bake with) this October.

Apples

Classic apple crisp
Classic apple crisp. Photo, Erik Putz.

Pick-your-own apples at a local apple orchard, or grab some local fruit from your nearest farmers’ market or supermarket. However you get your apples, be sure to make something delicious with your haul.

Apple recipes

Beets

Pot of beet borscht.
Borscht. Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Add some warm earthiness to your autumn meals with a handful of hearty beets.

Beet recipes

Broccoli

Creamy broccoli soup with cheddar
Broccoli cheddar soup. Photo, Roberto Caruso.

This month, skip the fresh broccoli salads in favour of warming soups and heartier veggies dishes.

Broccoli recipes

Brussels Sprouts

Maple Brussels sprouts on white platter
Maple Brussels sprouts. Photo, Erik Putz.

Roast fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts in the oven for a fall-ready side dish you’ll want to eat all season.

Brussels sprouts recipes

Cranberries

Cranberry cheesecake

Canada is the world’s second-largest cranberry producer. The cranberry season is short, so grab some fresh berries and make your own cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving — it’s way better than canned.

Cranberry recipes

Pears

pear and watercress salad
Pear and watercress salad. Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Pears are delicious fresh, but they’re even tastier baked in sweet and savoury dishes. For a quick fix, make a grilled cheese sandwich with brie and a few slices of pear. You won’t be sorry.

Pear recipes

Carrots

Spiced carrot cake muffins
Streusel-topped spiced carrot muffins. Photo, Erik Putz.

Jazz up your dinner table with locally grown carrots in an array of colours (think yellow, purple and of course, orange).

Carrot recipes

Cauliflower

Cauliflower soup
Cauliflower soup. Photo, Sian Richards.

Whether it’s riced, roasted or pureed into a soup, cauliflower is sure to be a hit at meal-time.

Cauliflower recipes

Corn

Cobs of fresh corn in husks
Corn season is nearly over! Photo, Sian Richards

Enjoy the waning corn season before it’s back to canned and frozen for the rest of the year.

Corn recipes

Eggplant

Thai eggplant dip
Thai eggplant dip. Photo, Erik Putz.

Eggplant is a pretty divisive veggie, but if you like it, you usually love it. So eggplant-lovers, eat a bunch of it while it’s in season!

Eggplant recipes

Leek

Leek recipes: Leek and pancetta galettes on a cutting board
Leek and pancetta galettes. Photo, Erik Putz.

Leeks are part of the onion family, but when cooked, they’re much milder in flavour than their more-popular allium cousins.

Leek recipes

Pumpkin

Pumpkin desserts for thanksgiving: Pumpkin cheesecake
Pumpkin cheesecake. Photo, Erik Putz.

Pumpkins are for more than just decoration! Pick up an orange gourd and make something delicious with it, including your very own pumpkin purée (and then use that purée in a sweet, seasonal recipe!).

Pumpkin recipes

Squash

Easy weeknight dinner: spaghetti-squash lasagna
Lasagna-stuffed spaghetti squash. Photo, Erik Putz.

There are so many different ways to cook squash, which is a good thing, because when stored properly, winter squash keeps for up to three month.

Squash recipes

Tomatoes

How to make preserved tomatoes: woman lifting can of preserved tomatoes
Preserved tomatoes. Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Tomato season is drawing to a close, so enjoy sun-ripened fruit before it’s back to greenhouse varieties. Preserve your fresh tomatoes to enjoy summer flavours throughout the winter!

Tomato recipes

Sweet potatoes

dinner plan: sriracha chicken drumsticks with sweet potato fries
Sriracha drumsticks with sweet potato fries. Photo, Erik Putz.

There’s something super comforting about sweet potatoes, which make them perfect for this transition season.

Sweet potato recipes

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