It’s official—summer is over. While half-days on Fridays be over at the office, just because the weather’s getting cooler doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying nature. One thing that will be changing, along with the leaves on the trees, is the produce in your local farmers market.
Not only do fall harvests taste delicious, but there’s plenty of delicious fall food that’s also skin food. We’ve put together a quick guide on how to make the transition.
Skin Food to Look For
There are a few quintessential fall produce items. We all know fall is the ideal time to go apple picking, but apples right off the tree can be found by the barrel at your local farmers market. What’s great about apples are their enormous variety, and there’s an apple for you whether you prefer the tart bite of a Granny Smith or the soothing sweetness of a Golden Delicious.
Besides their yummy taste, apples also contain high amounts of elastin and collagen that help keep your skin looking young and glowing—just like our Radiance Boosting Face Serum. We don’t know if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it may keep the dermatologist away!
Fall is also the perfect time for the super green we all know and love—kale! Not only is kale itself a hearty green, but cooler temperatures actually make kale sweeter. Depending on where you live, another green, arugula, may also be available in the fall.
Many people know that kale is good for your body and health, but it’s also great for your skin! The leafy supergreen is jam-packed with numerous different vitamins, including A, B, C, and K, and on top of that contains its fair share of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Besides apples, fruits may be unexpected fall farmers market finds. Both pomegranates and cranberries are fall fruits. Though pomegranate seeds are laborious to remove, they add a delicious pop of flavor and are packed full of antioxidants—three times as much as green tea. And cranberries are harvested in bogs throughout New England as the leaves change, and themselves contain high amounts of A and C vitamins.
And Things to Make Make with Them
Fall is the undisputed best season for pies, and they make up some of our favorite fall desserts (and dishes) —apple pies, pumpkin pies, pecan pies, pot pies, even sweet potato pie. Your farmers market finds will make up the delicious pie filling, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect the crust.
As this writer’s Grandmother taught her, the key to a great pie is in the perfect flaky crust—and it can even be achieved gluten free with store bought Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour, made from sustainable bean flour.
But there’s no reason to stop at just pies! If a pie is too labor intensive, tarts work just as well and are just as delicious. Try out this apple and cranberry tart—it’s one of our easy fall favorites!
In with the cold weather, and in with the soups! Comfort food by excellence, there are few things as comfortable and cozy as a warm bowl of soup, and making them from scratch is easier than you think! Soups make great main or side dishes, and they’re the perfect opportunity to use the heartier farmers market foods like squash and kale, or even the summer foods that you have left over.
There are plenty of fall recipes for every vegetable combination, but check out this butternut squash soup recipe that’s incredibly easy to make with a slow cooker. If it’s to your preference, you can also substitute in acorn squash.
One of the best things about farmers markets is how close you get to the ingredients that go into your food and the people who produce it. It’s always good to care about what we put in or on our bodies, which is why we’ve posted about the different key ingredients in our products—like wild plum—as well as our own process. These posts are almost like our very own recipes!