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November Produce Guide

Bring on the comfort produce. As the chill of November sets in, I find myself craving hearty soups, casseroles, and roasts to warm me, body and soul. My produce needs to be just as hearty and comforting. Luckily, the best produce available right now at your local grocery store makes for perfect winter eating.

Pop ‘em in your oven to transform those crisp, juicy apples into tender, sweet comfort food. Perfectly caramelized apples on a warm winter salad; savory skillet pork chops with apples and cabbage; baked apples filled with crisp and gooey oats; ice cream warmed to the perfect silky consistency atop fresh-from-the-oven, crisp apple pie… I could go on and on but you get the idea. Honeycrisp, braeburn, and jonagold are traditionally the best baking apples but follow your recipe’s directions if they call for a specific apple.

Earthy and slightly bitter when raw but, properly cooked, beets become decadently rich. Due to their deep color, beets have become increasingly popular in chocolate desserts, adding to the rich taste and color of the chocolate. More traditionally, try beets in a soup like a warm borscht, atop a salad, or simply roasted and seasoned as a side. Roast beets also make a wonderful addition to cheese or charcuterie boards and pair especially well with creamy white cheeses, like feta or goat. Don’t forget, if your beet comes with a healthy set of greens on the top, sauté them for a delicious addition to any meal.

You can eat them raw, boiled, steamed, roasted, or grilled but my favorite way to prepare Brussels sprouts is stir-fried. Golden brown with that perfect crisp and just a hint of smoky flavor, stir-fried Brussels sprouts are easy to prepare. Start by trimming the stems (but not too high or the sprout will fall apart) and remove any damaged outer leaves. Next, I half my Brussels sprouts lengthwise and toss in oil, then adding salt and pepper (along with any other spices you like). To cook, heat a pan over medium or medium-high heat, placing the Brussels sprouts, cut side down, in a single layer on the pan when warm. Cook until the cut side turn golden brown and slightly charred (about five minutes). Finally, add a tablespoon of water and stir-fry until the sprouts are tender (about two minutes).

Few things nourish quite like creamy, naturally-sweet pumpkin or squash. Pumpkin is more than just an ingredient in indulgent pies and cookies or the caramelized, melt-in-your-mouth roasted variety. Pumpkin is incredibly versatile and can add seasonal flavor and nutrition to a variety of dishes. This week, we’re dedicating an entire post to prepping and cooking your pumpkin, along with creative ideas like pumpkin mac and cheese. Mac and Cheese with pumpkin? Seriously!?! Yep! For my blue box fans out there, prepare according to the instructions and stir in a half cup of puree at the end. For a more gourmet option, you can find scratch recipes that incorporate ingredients like nutmeg or sage to enhance the seasonal flavors.  

from our state to your plate

Local Produce

from our state to your plate

At our store, we partner with numerous local farmers and producers to bring you the freshest, most delicious fruits and veggies. These farmers and their families work hard to bring you corn, squash, beets, peas, apples, tomatoes and more. 

Click here to meet some of the farmers you help support when you shop with us.

Be sure to check out our blog that includes in-season produce guides, recipes highlighting produce, as well as fresh produce hacks and more.

from our state to your plate

Local Produce

from our state to your plate - utah proud produce

At our store, we partner with numerous local farmers and producers to bring you the freshest, most delicious fruits and veggies. These farmers and their families work hard to bring you corn, squash, beets, peas, apples, tomatoes and more. 

Click here to meet some of the farmers you help support when you shop with us.

Be sure to check out our blog that includes in-season produce guides, recipes highlighting produce, as well as fresh produce hacks and more.

eat more color red orange yellow

Eat More Color

Fresh fruit and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. Regularly consuming fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Aside from the great health benefits, they taste absolutely fantastic. Learn more about what is fresh and when it’s in season below.

Sliced tomato

Tomato

The best tomatoes can be found during the months of May and October and is one of the most diverse fruits. They can be eaten whole, sliced, diced, purreed and more! Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, K and potassium, so get ready to enjoy all of health benefits that come from this acidic and versatile fruit.

Strawberries

Strawberry

Strawberries are a sweet fruit that grow back every single year- as they are perennial plants. They contain tons of vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system and keep you looking fresh. Enjoy these in a jam, pie or with sugar and cream.

sliced orange

Orange

Enjoy the ripest oranges when most fruits are off season (December through March) fresh, in a marmalade or dried simply for the scent. To boost your immune system during cold and flu season, be sure to eat a lot of oranges. They are full of vitamin C and other great nutrients.

cut cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

The best and sweetest cantaloupes can be found June through August. These have an incredibly long growing time, about 90 days, so it’s key to get these while they are perfectly in season. Cantaloupes are full of vitamin C, A and loaded with potassium.

sliced banana

Banana

As you may or may not know, humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas. Though bananas are not intelligent beings, they are full of fiber, so they will keep you full for a longer time. Bananas are unique in that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking.

yellow bell pepper

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and have delightfully specific flavors for each color. Bell peppers are commonly found in fajitas, stuffed or in a variety of casseroles.

lime

Lime

A single lime has the power to change the flavor of any dish drastically. It is often used in fresh guacamole, but you can add it to nearly any dish. Though limes are 88% water, they contain a significant amount of vitamin C to help you boost your immune system.

spinach

Spinach

Did you know spinach has a season? Find the best and freshest spinach from March to June. Spinach is rich in protein, calcium, iron and more! This super food is great for adding to any dish or consuming raw.

cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage, specifically purple cabbage, contains more vitamin C than any other color of cabbage. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Enjoy cabbage in egg rolls, in a slaw or a stir-fry.

blueberries

Blueberry

Blueberries can be found all year long and are a great addition to any dish needing a burst of sweetness. Blueberries are likely the most well known superfood, are low in calorie, and contain a ton of fiber.

Sliced tomato

Eat More Color!

Fresh fruit and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. Regularly consuming fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Aside from the great health benefits, they taste absolutely fantastic. Learn more about what is fresh and when it’s in season below.

Sliced tomato

Tomato

The best tomatoes can be found during the months of May and October and is one of the most diverse fruits. They can be eaten whole, sliced, diced, purreed and more! Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, K and potassium, so get ready to enjoy all of health benefits that come from this acidic and versatile fruit.

Strawberries

Strawberry

Strawberries are a sweet fruit that grow back every single year- as they are perennial plants. They contain tons of vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system and keep you looking fresh. Enjoy these in a jam, pie or with sugar and cream.

sliced orange

Orange

Enjoy the ripest oranges when most fruits are off season (December through March) fresh, in a marmalade or dried simply for the scent. To boost your immune system during cold and flu season, be sure to eat a lot of oranges. They are full of vitamin C and other great nutrients.

cut cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

The best and sweetest cantaloupes can be found June through August. These have an incredibly long growing time, about 90 days, so it’s key to get these while they are perfectly in season. Cantaloupes are full of vitamin C, A and loaded with potassium.

sliced banana

Banana

As you may or may not know, humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas. Though bananas are not intelligent beings, they are full of fiber, so they will keep you full for a longer time. Bananas are unique in that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking.

yellow bell pepper

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and have delightfully specific flavors for each color. Bell peppers are commonly found in fajitas, stuffed or in a variety of casseroles.

lime

Lime

A single lime has the power to change the flavor of any dish drastically. It is often used in fresh guacamole, but you can add it to nearly any dish. Though limes are 88% water, they contain a significant amount of vitamin C to help you boost your immune system.

spinach

Spinach

Did you know spinach has a season? Find the best and freshest spinach from March to June. Spinach is rich in protein, calcium, iron and more! This super food is great for adding to any dish or consuming raw.

cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage, specifically purple cabbage, contains more vitamin C than any other color of cabbage. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Enjoy cabbage in egg rolls, in a slaw or a stir-fry.

blueberries

Blueberry

Blueberries can be found all year long and are a great addition to any dish needing a burst of sweetness. Blueberries are likely the most well known superfood, are low in calorie, and contain a ton of fiber.

Seasonal Produce Spotlight

By late July local produce is in full swing, with rich flavors and great prices throughout your produce department. Let’s look at two of them in this seasonal produce spotlight.

Blackberries – What is, gram for gram, the richest whole food source of fiber? If you guessed blackberries, sorry, you’re wrong. It’s raspberries, but blackberries still come in at an impressive second (only half a gram shy per serving). A single cup of blackberries provides 1/3 of your daily recommended fiber. In fact, there’s more fiber in blackberries than digestible carbohydrate (something few fruits can boast). In addition to fiber, you’ll also get half your daily vitamin C, 1/3 of your daily vitamin K, and essential minerals like copper and manganese.

Blackberries are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Blueberries and raspberries are the only fruits that can match them in their antioxidant capacity and they even beat out most all vegetables except kale and spinach. While all berries contain antioxidants, they do vary significantly in the type of antioxidants so consuming a variety will likely provide the best health benefits. 

Corn – Corn is the oddball of the produce department. It’s classified as a grain when dried as kernels or cornmeal, but when fresh, it’s a vegetable (so yes, an ear counts toward your recommended 10 daily servings of fruits and veggies). While corn sometimes gets a bad rap, it is a healthful addition to your diet.

Contrary to common belief, corn is readily digested. Corn kernels contain three primary parts, the indigestible pericarp shell and the nutrient-rich germ and endosperm inside. While the pericarp passes through your digestive system more or less intact, the germ and endosperm, along with all their nutrients, are readily absorbed (provided you chew your corn to break open the pericarp). So what nutrients does corn provide? In addition to being one of the richest natural sources of lutein and zeaxanthin (antioxidants important for eye health), corn is a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber. Corn is a starchy vegetable, providing roughly 25 g digestible carbohydrate per ear, so you may choose to treat this as both a vegetable and carbohydrate if you’re watching calories or carbs.

Be careful, however, corn can quickly morph into an indulgence if you drench your ear in butter and coat with salt. Any oil works as a substitute for butter (olive or coconut are my favorites) or try your ear sans added fat. Reduced fat sour cream or Greek yogurt are also great substitutes for butter. If you’re watching your sodium, try replacing the salt with sriracha, fresh Italian herbs, garlic and chives, or lemon pepper (my go to is Tajin though this does contain a fair amount of sodium).

spinach

Eat More Color

Fresh fruit and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. Regularly consuming fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones. Aside from the great health benefits, they taste absolutely fantastic. Learn more about what is fresh and when it’s in season below.

Sliced tomato

Tomato

The best tomatoes can be found during the months of May and October and is one of the most diverse fruits. They can be eaten whole, sliced, diced, purreed and more! Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, K and potassium, so get ready to enjoy all of health benefits that come from this acidic and versatile fruit.

You can find fresh and local tomatoes from Houweling’s Tomatoes.

Strawberries

Strawberry

Strawberries are a sweet fruit that grow back every single year- as they are perennial plants. They contain tons of vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system and keep you looking fresh. Enjoy these in a jam, pie or with sugar and cream.

To get the freshest strawberries locally, look for Guerra Farms .

sliced orange

Orange

Enjoy the ripest oranges when most fruits are off season (December through March) fresh, in a marmalade or dried simply for the scent. To boost your immune system during cold and flu season, be sure to eat a lot of oranges. They are full of vitamin C and other great nutrients.

cut cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

The best and sweetest cantaloupes can be found June through August. These have an incredibly long growing time, about 90 days, so it’s key to get these while they are perfectly in season. Cantaloupes are full of vitamin C, A and loaded with potassium.

sliced banana

Banana

As you may or may not know, humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas. Though bananas are not intelligent beings, they are full of fiber, so they will keep you full for a longer time. Bananas are unique in that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking.

yellow bell pepper

Bell Pepper

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and have delightfully specific flavors for each color. Bell peppers are commonly found in fajitas, stuffed or in a variety of casseroles.

Find the freshest bell peppers locally from Chavez Farms.

lime

Lime

A single lime has the power to change the flavor of any dish drastically. It is often used in fresh guacamole, but you can add it to nearly any dish. Though limes are 88% water, they contain a significant amount of vitamin C to help you boost your immune system.

spinach

Spinach

Did you know spinach has a season? Find the best and freshest spinach from March to June. Spinach is rich in protein, calcium, iron and more! This super food is great for adding to any dish or consuming raw.

cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage, specifically purple cabbage, contains more vitamin C than any other color of cabbage. It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Enjoy cabbage in egg rolls, in a slaw or a stir-fry.

blueberries

Blueberry

Blueberries can be found all year long and are a great addition to any dish needing a burst of sweetness. Blueberries are likely the most well known superfood, are low in calorie, and contain a ton of fiber.

chilled cherry dessert in a martini glass with cherries spread around the bottom

Chilled Cherry Dessert

chilled cherry dessert in a martini glass with cherries spread around the bottom

This chilled dessert is the cherry on top of a week of sweet cherry savings! Celebrate our very cherry week with $1.77lb Northwest Sweet Cherries and local produce from some of our favorite family farms. Visit the full Weekly Ad to see more deals!

Click here to visit our YouTube page and watch the full recipe video.

Ingredients:

4 cups pitted fresh sweet cherries

1cup vanilla yogurt plus additional for garnish

½ cup white grape juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 pinch cinnamon

Toasted slivered almonds (optional)

Instructions:

In blender or bowl of food processor with knife blade attached, purée cherries 5 to 10 seconds or until cherries are coarsely chopped. Scrape down bowl, and add yogurt, juice, honey and cinnamon. Purée 5 to 10 seconds or just until combined (mixture will be slightly chunky).

Transfer mixture to large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

To serve, pour into glasses or bowls. Garnish each with yogurt and almond slivers, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 173 Calories, 3g Fat (1g Saturated), 8mg Cholesterol, 31mg Sodium, 35g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 4g Protein

very cherry! sweet deals are yours for the picking

Very Cherry Savings!

very cherry! sweet deals are yours for the picking

Sweet deals are yours for the picking! It’s a very cherry week filled with delicious savings. Cherries are perfectly in season and ready for eating, so save big with our deals and follow a few of our favorites recipes to celebrate.

Get Northwest Sweet Cherries for just $1.77lb and local cherries grown by McMullin Farms for $3.99lb!

Visit the full Weekly Ad here.

Make some delicious cherry themed recipe like one of our favorites below:

And follow our monthly produce guide to see what else is in season:

very cherry! sweet deals are yours for the picking

Very Cherry Savings!

very cherry! sweet deals are yours for the picking

Sweet deals are yours for the picking! It’s a very cherry week filled with delicious savings. Cherries are perfectly in season and ready for eating, so save big with our deals and follow a few of our favorites recipes to celebrate.

Get Northwest Sweet Cherries for just $1.77lb and local cherries grown by McMullin Farms for $3.99lb!

Visit the full Weekly Ad here.

Make some delicious cherry themed recipe like one of our favorites below:

And follow our monthly produce guide to see what else is in season: