Our stores will be getting mums from local nurseries. These easy-to-care-for plants look beautiful through the fall and will keep flowering if you pinch off dead blossoms. Plant them in your garden before winter, and they’ll return next spring.
Fair Trade Avocados
It’s avocado season in Michoacán, Mexico, and we’ve got organic avocados from Equal Exchange and PRAGOR, a co-op of small producers. Read more on our blog.
Delicate, sweet grapes from Marian Farms arrive in our stores each fall. These grapes are truly special, grown biodynamically with no growth hormones. Read more.
These hearty fruits (yes, fruits!) are as beautiful as they are abundant, coming in a rainbow of shapes and colors. Related to the tender-skinned summer squashes, they require a longer growing season during which their skins become thick and tough for long-term storage through the winter. Their dense, sweet flesh takes a little longer to cook than their summer cousins but it is worth every minute. We’ll have many varieties this fall, from New Sprout Farm in Asheville and Eastern Carolina Organics, including acorn, butternut, delicata, kabocha, and spaghetti squashes.
Eating muscadine grapes in the late summer and early fall is about as southern as it gets. The flesh is rich, deep, and sweet, the skins and seeds (if you choose to eat them) are tart. They are also a great source of polyphenolic antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. Enjoy them while they’re here!
Green and colored bell peppers, spicy varieties like habanero and poblano, shishitos, and mini peppers, all from local farms like Nourishing Acres, Brackenbrae, and Elysian fields. There are so many ways to enjoy these peppers: crunchy and fresh, roasted, stuffed with cheese, or used to flavor your soup or stew.
Eggplant is best in late summer when it’s available locally and doesn’t have as far to travel. Look for eggplants that are firm and heavy for their size, with glossy skin. Try the Japanese and Fairy Tale eggplants as well as the standard “black globe” types! The former are excellent grilled or roasted, while the globes are great for eggplant parmesan, babaganoush, and other classic dishes.
Local Organic Sweet Potatoes
We have organic NC sweet potatoes year round! They’re in the ground the entire summer, harvested in the fall, and left to cure for a week or two in pack houses. Close to 100 percent of our sweet potatoes come from North Carolina, specifically Triple J Produce in Sims, NC. Read more.