What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: Thanksgiving Edition

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: Thanksgiving Edition

Can you believe that it’s almost November? I feel like this year has flown past!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I am so excited for this year! I love to find seasonal foods at my local farmer’s market for Thanksgiving. Eating local food tastes sooo much better and that makes it perfect for Thanksgiving!

In my area it’s still 80 degrees (can you believe it? ugh) so the growing season is a little bit longer here. But I know for many of you, especially those of you who live further north, the farmer’s market pickings are getting slim in November.

Because of the variety of climates in the United States this is farmer’s market guide is pretty general. If you want to know exactly what’s in season in your area you can head over to The Seasonal Food Guide. I love this website because you can put in your zip code and know exactly what’s in season throughout the year in your area!

So let’s get started! Here’s what you should be looking for at the farmer’s market in November!

Apples

I’ve said it many times before, but I LOVE fresh apples. And fresh apples are perfect for making apple pie for Thanksgiving! In my opinion, there’s nothing better than homemade apple pie. You can check out my favorite homemade pie recipes here: Homemade Pie Recipes For The Holidays

You can also use fresh apples to make homemade apple cider vinegar! I have a guide for how to make apple cider vinegar here!

Mint

If you’re lucky you might be able to find some fresh mint at your local farmer’s market this month. It’s still in season in my area at the beginning of November, so keep an eye out for it! Having mint around during Thanksgiving is a must have for me because mint soothes upset tummies. I like to chew on the leaves, or I’ll make mint tea if I have an upset stomach (from eating too much!)

Plus mint has tons of benefits for your chickens! I use dried peppermint in my hens’ nesting boxes! You can get dried peppermint in my shop here: Dried peppermint 

Potatoes

If you’re lucky you might still be able to find some local potatoes for your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since potatoes are fairly easy to store long term you can usually find farmers who have stored their crop from earlier in the season. When I lived further north I would go to a local farmer who stored potatoes in a massive root cellar! It was awesome because you could get local potatoes year round!

Check out my favorite recipe for Southern Style Mashed Potatoes and Gravy that you can make in your instant pot!

Sweet Potatoes

Yum! I love sweet potatoes! And good thing they’re in season in November, so you can make candied yams for Thanksgiving! This recipe for candied yams looks delicious (This recipe does call for sweet potatoes, not yams. Typically in the U.S. the words sweet potatoes and yams are used almost interchangeably which can be confusing!)

You can also try my favorite recipe for Southern Style Sweet Potatoes!

Winter Squash

I’m really looking forward to trying some recipes with winter squash this year! There are so many varieties of winter squash (spaghetti, acorn, butternut etc.) and I’m really looking forward to trying some out!

Some recipes I’m dying to try this year are:

Pumpkin

There are still fresh local pumpkins hanging around after Halloween, I promise! I love using fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice because it’s perfect for the holidays! You can find my recipe here: Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice. But my favorite thing to do with fresh pumpkin is make pumpkin pie! You can check out my favorite holiday pie recipes right here!

Carrots

Where I live, fresh carrots start showing up in October & November (since summers are so hot!) This recipe for Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots would be the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

Mustard Greens

Yum! Mustard greens are perfect for salads and they would be great for a Thanksgiving side dish. Check out this recipe for Sautéed Mustard Greens With Garlic and Lemon!

Thyme

I love fresh thyme! Typically November is the last month there’s fresh thyme at the farmer’s market, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can! I just made a recipe for meatball orzo stew tonight for dinner, and the best part was it featured fresh thyme! You can find the recipe here: Slow cooker meatball orzo stew.

Well that’s all folks! If you’re looking for Thanksgiving décor ideas for your home, I’ve got your covered! Head over to this article here for my favorite fall themed décor! What are you going to buy at the farmer’s market this month?

 

Make Your Own Makeup With These Simple Recipes!

Make Your Own Makeup With These Simple Recipes!

Today we’re going to talk about how to make your own makeup at home! 

On a normal day, I typically don’t wear any makeup, but it’s nice sometimes to get a little bit dressed up. I love using natural products and I think it’s great to make your own makeup at home!

Natural products are better for your skin and when you make your own makeup you get to control exactly what ingredients are in the products you use.

Now obviously I’m not a dermatologist, so I can’t guarantee that a switch to natural products will work for your skin. But it worked for me, so I’m sharing my experience with you.

A couple of months ago I talked about my favorite natural makeup products and brands (you can find that article here) However, I know a lot of you are interested in making your own makeup from home, so I decided that I would share some of my favorite homemade makeup product recipes.

Something to keep in mind is that making your own makeup is a very personal process.

Different products will work best for different people, so use this article as a stepping stone for experimenting with making your own makeup products. You’ll have to adjust these “recipes” for your own skin tone and for your skin!

Also remember that if you’re making the switch to natural makeup, be patient. I’m not going to claim that natural makeup “does the job” exactly the same as conventional makeup products. Because honestly in my experience it doesn’t. But it’s an adjustment that you have to be willing to make and it all depends on how willing you are to adjust your expectations for makeup. So keep that in mind:)

Also please remember that just because something is natural doesn’t mean that you skin will love it! None of these ingredients are harmful, but that doesn’t mean you should slather it on without testing it first.

I recommend that you start by making small batches of makeup and then try it in a small area of your skin like the inside of your wrist or a small area of your face to make sure you don’t have any allergies to any of the ingredients.

So let’s get started! Here are some of my favorite homemade makeup recipes!

Foundation

Personally I typically only wear a face powder, unless it’s a special occasion. If you’re interested in learning how to make your own liquid/cream foundation you can head over to this article here: Natural Liquid Foundation

Here’s how I make my own powdered foundation. Keep in mind that I can’t give you an exact measurement because this recipe will be different for every skin tone.

Ingredients

Base: Arrow root powder

Color: Cocoa powder

If you have light skin, use more arrow root powder. If you have dark skin use more cocoa powder. Slowly adjust the color (add arrow root to make it lighter and cocoa powder to make it darker) until the mixture is right for your skin tone!

You can then place the mixture in a small mason jar to store!

Bronzer

My bronzer recipe is exactly the same as above! Use arrow root powder and cocoa, but add more cocoa to make the mixture slightly darker! I like doing it this way because it makes it simpler and I don’t have to go and buy different ingredients (because I’m cheap LOL!)

Mascara

I’ll be honest with y’all. I have not attempted to make my own mascara yet…I love my favorite mascara brand and I’m holding on to it for now…But I found an amazing tutorial for homemade mascara that you can use if you want to start making your own! You can find it here: Homemade Mascara

Blush

Homemade blush is fun to make because you can easily adjust the color depending on your preference!

Ingredients:

Arrow root powder

cocoa (optional)

beet root powder

You can make your own beet root powder if you want to save some money. Here’s a recipe for how to make your own beet root powder at home: Homemade Beet Root Powder

All you have to do is mix the arrow root powder with the beet root powder until you reach the desired color! Simple! Store in a small mason jar!

Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is fun to make at home because you can experiment with making different colors and shades! You can use arrow root powder as the base and then combine it with different combinations of nutmeg, cocoa, beet root powder, and turmeric to create your own shades! If you want specific recipes for different color shades head on over to this article! It has different recipes for different shades of homemade eyeshadow: Homemade Eyeshadow

Eyeliner

I have yet to attempt making my own eyeliner, so I don’t have a personal recipe to share with you. But I love this recipe from the Coconut Momma! There are only 3 simple ingredients! I’m also excited to try out this recipe: Homemade Eyeliner

Homemade Lip Balm

I love homemade lip balm and my favorite recipe is for lemon balm lip goo.

For this recipe you will need:

You can use any brand of essential oils, but I’ve done a lot of research and recommend  Young Living oils.

Directions

First off you’ll need to infuse your lemon balm in oil if you haven’t already (Follow this link here to learn how to infuse oils with herbs).

In a mason jar combine all of your ingredients.

If you want to add a little bit of color to your lip balm you could try adding some beet root powder to the mixture. I’ve never tried this since I’m not a huge fan of lipstick or colored lip gloss, but just experiment with how much beet root powder you need to create your desired color!

Make a double boiler by placing the mason jar in a pot of water. Heat until the beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally so the ingredients mix well.

Once melted, use a funnel to pour the mixture into tubes or other lip balm containers. Allow to cool undisturbed. The lip balm should be somewhat soft and easy to apply to your skin.

You can also try my pumpkin spice lip balm recipe here!

Have you made your own makeup before? What is your favorite makeup product to make at home?

 

10 Simple & Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

10 Simple & Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

Can y’all believe it’s back to school season already? I can’t believe that kids are starting to go back to school and that fall is almost here!

One thing that I’ve always noticed especially as school gets started again is that it can be SO HARD to find healthy snacks to feed your kids. They always come home starving and honestly they normally want junk food! And whether you’re a working parent or a stay at home parent it can be stressful to try and think of healthy snacks your kids will actually like.

So let me help you out. Here’s my list of some of my favorite after school snacks that are simple and healthy!

Apples and Peanut Butter

This one is a classic. I’m a huge fan of apples dipped in peanut butter and you kids definitely will be too!  I prefer to use all natural peanut butter like the one below because it has only one ingredient! Peanuts! If your kids have peanut allergies you can try out sun butter! It’s made with sunflower seeds so it’s a great alternative if there are any nut allergies in your home!

 

Homemade Popsicles

I love homemade popsicles! They are SO GOOD! I love to make them with fresh or frozen fruit and yogurt. Two of my favorite recipes are these pineapple popsicles and these berry popsicles. They only take five minutes to make and they’re a great healthy snack for your kids!

Homemade Goldfish

Yummy! Who doesn’t love goldfish? Especially when they’re homemade with ingredients you can trust. Check out this recipe for some homemade goldfish right here! They’re a great snack and your kids will love helping you make them!

Veggies and Hummus

This is definitely one of my favorite snacks and it’s so easy to make! All you need to do is chop up some veggies and let your kids dip them in hummus. You can buy hummus here or you can make your own! Hummus is super simple to make (this recipe takes less than 5 minutes!) and your kids will love it!

Cucumber Cups

How fun are these cucumber cups! They’re super yummy and packed full of nutrients and the filling is made with eggs! This recipe is a great way to feed your kids a healthy snack and use up all of your extra eggs! Check out the recipe here!

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Do you ever worry that your kids aren't getting enough protein? This snack combines the nutrition from the cucumbers with the protein and substance of boiled eggs. Each egg contains 6 grams of protein which is awesome for growing kids. Protein does so much more than just give you ‘strong muscles’…. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Studies show that protein is by far the most filling macronutrient. It helps you feel fuller longer which is great for kids. Get the recipe using the link in our bio. https://www.superhealthykids.com/cucumber-cups-2/ #healthykids #mealplan #healthysnack #pickyeater #protein #healthyrecipe

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Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are the perfect snack for after school, especially when they’re homemade. This recipe is quick and easy and they’re no bake!

 

Greek Yogurt Covered Fruit

I love this idea! It’s a super simple snack and it will taste so good! All you have to do is dip the fruit of your choice in Greek Yogurt and freeze them for 15-30 minutes! It’s a quick and easy snack you can make for your kids!

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Yogurt covered strawberries 🍓 🍓 . Strawberries Greek Yogurt (your choice of flavor) Toppings (optional) . 1. Wash off the strawberries (optional: cut strawberries in half) 2. Using a toothpick, dip the strawberries in greek yogurt until fully covered 3. Place on wax paper or parchment paper 4. Freeze for 15 minutes 5. Dip strawberries again 6. Freeze 15 minutes 7. Enjoy! . . #strawberry #strawberries #strawberryrecipes #yogurt #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #cleaneating #nutrition #healthyeating #vegetarians #foodfacts #eats #eeeeeats #eatwell #mindfuleating #macros #fitfam #fitfood #foodporn #healthysnacks #snackfood #kidapproved #pickyeater #afterschoolsnack #nutrition #simonenutritionist

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Baked Sweet Potato Chips

I’ll admit it, I love chips! They’re one of my favorite snacks, but they’re definitely not a healthy snack choice. Which is why I love this recipe for baked sweet potato chips! These will only take about 10-15 minutes of prep time and then you just let them cook in the oven for a couple of hours! Simple!

Get the recipe here: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Egg Snowmen

I LOVE THIS! I know it’s not winter yet (I’m already counting down the days until Christmas!) but I love these adorable egg snowmen! It’s a great way to use up those extra eggs you might have and your kids will love the creative and fun snack!

Banana Pancakes

Ok so sometimes your kids come home starving and want more than just a simple snack. That’s where these yummy 3 ingredient banana pancakes come in handy! You just need bananas, eggs, and baking powder and then you have a super quick and easy snack for your kids!

Get the recipe here: 3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

What healthy snacks do your kids love? Tell me what snacks are your go to for after school in the comments below!

Natural Makeup Products That Won’t Break the Bank

Natural Makeup Products That Won’t Break the Bank

So everyone (even homesteaders) needs to dress up nice sometimes.

And sometimes you might just want to put on a little bit of makeup before going out for the day. I’m not the type of girl that won’t go out without makeup on. In fact there are probably more days I don’t wear makeup than I do! But sometimes it’s nice to get a little bit dressed up and wear a little bit of makeup.

I love beauty products, but I don’t love some of the ingredients that are in those products! Have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredients in your makeup products? I can’t even pronounce half of them!

I love using natural products, but I’m also not made of money. And natural makeup can get pricey, real fast. So I’ve done my research and I want to share some of my favorite natural makeup products that are reasonably priced.

 

One great option to conventional makeup products is to make your own!

And I think that’s amazing! But, I also don’t have a ton of spare time on my hands, so making my own makeup can be pretty difficult.

So today I wanted to go through some of the makeup products that I use all the time that have good ingredients and are all cruelty-free.

Most (if not all) of the products I will talk about today are cruelty free which is amazing! I love that most of the companies that produce the products I use are very careful about the impact they have on animals and the environment.

 

Before I get in to some of the products that I use, I do want to recommend that you check out the Environmental Wellness Group (EWG).

They have a website called Skin Deep that rates makeup products based off of their ingredients.

This website gives you an overall rating of the product on a scale of 0-10 (0=the best, 10=really bad) and it breaks down the effect that the ingredients can have on the body.

You can search a makeup product and read about all of the ingredients in that product. The ingredients are rated based on scientific studies about the effect of that product on the body (including if it causes allergies, cancer, or reproductive issues).

 

I love that the EWG provides consumers with the information necessary to make an informed decision about the products that they are using!

It’s an amazing resource and I check all of my products on this website before I buy them, so that I know if that product has good ingredients, and if they test on animals.

Another recommendation I have is don’t immediately discount a makeup product just because it’s a drugstore brand. There are actually many drug store products that have good ingredients and don’t test on animals.

Before we get started you should know that all of these products are products that I have used and have worked for me. I’m not a dermatologist and I always recommend that you choose any product carefully and make sure you do some research before you start using it on your skin!

 

Alright, so let’s get started! The first product I wanted to talk to you about is my foundation.

As a teenager I had acne-prone skin, and so to compensate for that I would cover my face with foundation. I was using a makeup brand that I hadn’t done any research on and I remember being so frustrated that my skin wasn’t getting any better over the years.

Fast forward to my early 20’s when I started learning more about ingredients in makeup. I decided to switch to a natural foundation and within a couple of months a lot of my acne had cleared up! Personally, I think that there were ingredients in the old brand that I was using that were causing the acne, and once I switched to a brand with good ingredients my acne cleared up!

The brand I use now is Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques. I use their creme foundation and I absolutely love it! It smells amazing and the ingredients are great! I will say this definitely isn’t a full coverage foundation, but it evens out my skin tone and covers minor blemishes.

At first I was scared away from this foundation because it was a little out of my price range (over $30 for a small pot seemed like A LOT for a college student) but this stuff lasts forever. It goes a really long way and I typically only have to buy a new one every 8-9 months which is awesome!

I’ve also used this tinted moisturizer from Physicians Formula. I really liked it, but it doesn’t have a lot of color options and even the lightest color is too dark for my skin (I’m super pale:) It’s only around $10-12 which is great!

I also use a face powder. My favorite is this pressed foundation from Honeybee Gardens.

Honeybee Gardens is one of my favorite companies to buy makeup from (as you’ll see later in this article, A LOT of the products I use are from them). They have products with good ingredients that are reasonably priced. And all of their products smell like flowers which is AMAZING!

For blush I actually use this one from e.l.f. This stuff is cheap! And it has decent ingredients as well and I believe (not 100% sure though) that e.l.f is cruelty free! This product is rated as a 2 on the EWG which is pretty good!

Honeybee Gardens also has an amazing blush that has great ingredients and looks awesome!

So I don’t use bronzer anymore (right now I’m just embracing my pale skin) but I have tried a bronzer from Physicians formula. They’re rated either as a 1 or 2 on the EWG and they’re light enough that they look natural on fair skin.

Next let’s talk about eyeliner. So I’ll admit that my makeup skills are subpar.

I’m not good at doing my makeup. So there’s NO WAY I could use an liquid eyeliner. That would be a disaster.

I use this pencil eyeliner from Wet n Wild when I want to look a little bit more dressed up. Plus it’s only a dollar. It’s rated as a 3 on the EWG which isn’t bad for a drug store product.

It has always been harder for me to find natural mascaras that have good ingredients.

Most of the natural ones I’ve tried aren’t dark enough for me. Honeybee gardens has a good one if you like the natural look for your lashes. That one is quite dark enough for me, so I normally use the Milani Big and Bigger Lashes mascara. The ingredients aren’t as good as I would like (it’s a 4 on the EWG and I normally don’t like to use products above a 2 or 3) but it is cruelty free.

I also like the Organic Wear Mascara from Physicians Formula. It’s rated as a 1 on the EWG’s website.

Last, but not least let’s move on to eye shadow.

So I clearly love Honeybee Gardens just a little bit too much because all of my eyeshadow is from them as well! Although it’s a little bit of an investment up front, this stuff lasts forever, so it’s worth it!

What natural makeup products do you use? I would love to hear about them! Share them with me in the comments below!

 

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: September

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: September

It’s fall y’all! I LOVE fall especially at the farmer’s market!

I know all anyone can think about this month is pumpkin spice, but I’m over here dreaming about the yummy fruits and vegetables I’ll be able to buy at the farmer’s market in September.

In my area farmer’s markets are in full swing in September and all of the farmers start pulling out all the stops to satisfy everyone’s pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon needs.

I love the farmers market! But I’ve learned over the years that not everyone can navigate the farmer’s market as easily as others. Personally I think that shopping at the farmer’s market is a great experience as long as you go into it with the right expectations. Here are a few things to know before you head out to your local farmers market.

  1. Your food will not look perfect!

Many of us are used to the picture perfect produce we see at the grocery store. But most of the time the produce you pick up from the farmers market is not going to look perfect, and that’s ok!

2. You won’t find out of season produce.

When you shop at the farmer’s market you have to get used to eating seasonally. So if you live somewhere with cold winters, you’re probably not going to find fresh corn in January. But the great thing about eating seasonally is that it allows you to try out produce you haven’t tried before that’s available locally in your area!

3. You food will taste amazing!

Produce from the farmer’s market are typically picked when they are ripe because they don’t have to be shipped long distances. Because of this your food will taste amazing because it was picked at peak ripeness! Plus it’s fresher than produce you get from the grocery store, so it will taste so much better!

I could keep raving about farmer’s market products all day, but let’s get started. Keep in mind that this is a general guide and it could vary based on where you live. If you want to know exactly what to look for at the farmer’s market in your area check out this website called The Seasonal Food Guide!

So here are some products you should be looking for at your local farmer’s market in September!

Chives

I love chives because they are such a good garnish for food! They add a super yummy flavor to any meal! I am so excited to get some fresh chives so that I can try out this recipe for Chive Biscuits!

Tomatillos

Ok so I’ll admit to being obsessed with salsa. I just can’t stop myself from eating it! And tomatillos make the best salsa! This recipe is for a classic salsa verde made with tomatillos!

Sweet Potatoes

I’ve actually grown to love using sweet potatoes in my meals. I used to think sweet potatoes were disgusting, but now I’m really loving using sweet potatoes in soups like this one. Make sure you pick up some sweet potatoes at the farmer’s market this month!

Onions

Onions are in season in September! I love having fresh onions, but they make my eyes water like crazy! It’s worth it though for the delicious flavor it adds to all of my meals! Growing up we had onions and garlic in EVERYTHING, so it’s definitely a cooking staple for me!

Garlic

Personally, I love to store fresh garlic that I get from the farmer’s market, so that I can eat it all year long! You can read my post about How To Store Garlic Long Term here!

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Endive

I’ve never had endive before, but I’ll definitely be looking for it in September at the farmer’s market so that I can try it out! I’m super excited to try this recipe for goat cheese stuffed endive!

Celery

Celery is a classic snack for your kids and I love eating it too! It’s especially good when you get it from the local farmer’s market! Check out my favorite healthy snacks for kids for my favorite ways to make healthy eating fun (and delicious) for your kids!

Brussels Sprouts

I am not a fan of brussels sprouts. But I know there are some people who love them (y’all are crazy because they’re nasty!). If you’re a brussels sprout lover look for some at your local farmer’s market in September!

Grapes

Grapes are also an amazing healthy snack! Locally grown grapes are AMAZING, so see if you can pick some up at your local farmer’s market.

Radicchio

I have never tried radicchio before, but I’m so excited to find it at the farmer’s market! I love trying out new fruits and vegetables especially when I have fun, new recipes to try out like this one for radicchio risotto!

Winter Squash

There are all kinds of varieties of winter squash that I find in my area starting in September. Spaghetti, acorn, and butternut squash seem to be the most popular around here, but keep an eye out for different kinds! And don’t forget pumpkins are a winter squash too! Check out this yummy recipe for pumpkin bread!

 

Potatoes

I eat a lot of potatoes, especially if they’re fresh potatoes!!! I eat mashed potatoes almost every week and I love to make these southern style mashed potatoes you make in your instant pot!

Apples

I’ve said it before, but I love fresh apples! I always end up grabbing tons of apples when I go to the farmer’s market in September!

Apple Cider

Since I love apples so much, I’m always on the hunt for some good apple cider. In my area there is an amazing local company that makes AWESOME apple cider from their freshly grown apples. It’s not cheap (I’ve seen it as high as $8 a gallon) but I’m obsessed with it. I highly recommend that you look for local apple cider producers in September! It’s the perfect fall drink and it’s even better if it’s bought locally!

What products are you excited to find at the farmer’s market this month? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Here’s What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: August

Here’s What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: August

I love fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. To me, there’s nothing better than eating delicious home grown produce. I love growing my own produce in my garden, but I know that’s not an option for everyone.

While I was in college and living in an apartment, I thought eating locally would be tricky, if not impossible because I couldn’t grown my own food. I craved the yummy, home grown produce I was used to having from my parents massive garden.

That’s when I discovered farmer’s markets and I’m telling you I’ll never go back to eating produce from the grocery store! Buying fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market supports local farmers, and it tastes AMAZING!

I loved shopping at the farmer’s market in college (and I still do!) but sometimes shopping there can be a bit different from shopping at the grocery store. In the society we live in today, many of us are used to having whatever produce we want no matter the season. But it’s not that way at the farmer’s market.

When you shop at the farmer’s market you have to eat foods that are in season locally because that’s all your local farmers are growing!! While it can be a bit of an adjustment to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, trust me you will grow to love it! When you’re eating produce seasonally it tastes amazing and it’s fresh! Trust me, grocery store corn on the cob has NOTHING on fresh corn on the cob.

One of my favorite parts about eating seasonally is getting to try out new fruits and vegetables. I love experimenting with new recipes and learning how to cook different types of produce!

When I realized how many people don’t understand produce seasonality, I decided that I would write a monthly blog post to give a general idea of what produce is in season that month. Now obviously this will vary depending on where you live, you Californians can probably get pretty much any produce you want, but if you’re living in Michigan your local produce options could be slim depending on the season.

So keep in mind that this is a general guide. If you want to know exactly what produce is in season in your area check out one of my favorite websites called The Seasonal Food Guide. All you have to do is put in where you live and it will give you a list of produce that’s in season in your area!

So let’s get started. Here are some of the fruits and vegetables you might find at your local farmer’s market in August!

Bok Choy

So I’ve never actually had bok choy, but I am definitely heading out to my local farmer’s market this month to pick some up! One of my favorite things about the farmers market is getting to try new fruits and vegetables that are in season, so this year I’m going to have to try bok choy out! I love stir fry so when I pick some up I’ll have to try this stir-fried chicken and bok choy recipe!

Apples

Apples are quite possibly my favorite fruit, so I love late summer and early fall when apples are in season in my area! Personally, I love my locally grown honey crisp apples. And because I’m lazy I use this handy apple corer and slicer to cut up my apples:)

Cantaloupe

As a kid I HATED cantaloupe, but now it’s actually growing on me! I love eating it raw, but this year I will definitely have to try out this strawberry cantaloupe smoothie!

Chili Peppers

Oh chili peppers. One of the best things about August is that peppers and tomatoes are season, so I can make salsa! Check out my favorite salsa recipes here!

Cilantro

And speaking of salsa, here’s another salsa essential that’s in season in August. Not only is cilantro great for salsa, but it also makes some awesome salad dressing. Check out this recipe for my absolute favorite creamy tomatillo salad dressing.

Eggplant

Eggplant was on my list for last month, but I put it on the list for this month as well so that I would remember to pick some up! I’m dying to try some of this eggplant parmesan this month!

Grapes

Grapes are in season in August! I am a huge fan of grapes because they are such a great healthy snack!

Okra

One of my favorite things about farmer’s markets is they introduce me to new produce. I had never heard of okra until I was 19 and saw some at a local farmers market! It’s hard to find in my area because it isn’t well known, but I hear it’s a staple in the southern states. If I can find some I’m going to try this fried okra recipe!

 

Oregano

This herb is so good for your chickens and so I love that fresh oregano is in season this month. Check out my recipe for tummy treats for your chickens that includes oregano! I also sell dried oregano here.

Wheat Berry & Lemon Balm Happy Tummy Treats

Peaches

I look forward to peach season every years, so that I can have peach cobbler. I LOVE it! It tastes so good, and this is my favorite recipe here.

 

Snap peas

I love peas! Typically peas are in season in early summer, but there’s a farmer near me who occasionally does a fall crop of peas and they’re done in late August to early September. I love that I can have peas in late summer too! I preserve my fresh peas every year, so that I can eat yummy peas all year long.

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Yum, peas! What are you harvesting right now?

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Tomatoes

My favorite thing about July and August is that tomatoes are in season. Grocery store tomatoes have nothing on the locally grown tomatoes that I can pick up at the farmers market. And nothing compares to having a fresh tomato on your burger at a BBQ.

Kohlrabi

This is another vegetable that I had never heard of before going to a farmers market. This stuff comes into season in my area in late August and early September, but in other areas of the United States it isn’t in season until October. I’m definitely going to try out this roasted kohlrabi recipe this August.

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Kyssikset💜 #kasvimaalla #kyssäkaali #kohlrabi

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What foods are you going to get at the farmer’s market this month? Let me know in the comments below!