Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Family gathered all around. A Savory Apple Tart is in the oven and you are about to sit down to a meal that fully captures the season—harvest season. Whether you are planning for your Thanksgiving feast or are just soaking up the local splendor, it really is an exquisite time of year for food. It is starting to look festive around the stores but, just like always—produce really sets the stage.

Right now we have the most delicious Honeycrisp apples from Kriesche Farm in Rudyard, MI. They live up to their name with every bite being so crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of sweet. They are a treat as-is, but if you are looking for some ideas to bring that sweetness into more dishes on your table, we can help with that too.

Start your day with this Morning Apple Crumble alongside a helping of Squash, Apple and Bacon Hash. As you plan for your upcoming holiday meals make sure to give this Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Squash a try. Maybe swap out the dried herbs for Bear Creek Organic Farm fresh herbs in this Apple and Celery Stuffing recipe. Speaking of Bear Creek, their salad mix and micro greens will make any salad pop!

Right now the local squash is really amazing. Check out this guide on picking just the right variety for whatever you are planning. We have organic squash from Providence Organic Farm including Acorn, Buttercup, Butternut, Delicata, Carnival, Spaghetti, and Sweet Dumpling. We also have organic Komboca in stock right now.

Did you know that Delicata and Kobocha squash are known for their tender skins that are perfect for eating? Kobocha squash makes a really tasty soup as well! Speaking of soup, it is downright chilly out there and nothing hits the spot quite like a bowl of soup. Combine a couple of harvest favorites in either of these squash-based soups. Butternut Apple Soup with Ginger and Butternut Apple Bisque are sure to warm you up. These are best served with a warm slice of Spiced Winter Squash Bread. Yum! 

We mentioned chestnuts roasting, and that is because we have fresh chestnuts from Bachi Farm in Williamsburg, MI! According to BBC goodfood, “Fresh chestnuts must always be cooked before use and are never eaten raw, owing to their tannic acid content.” Check out this BBC guide to roasting chestnuts.

Of course, we have all the regulars you expect to find—organic celery, leafy greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams, onions, fresh cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and fresh poultry herbs. Whatever you decide to savor during this harvest season, we are here with all the bounty you need 7-days a week! Don’t forget to stop by the Deli Hot Bar or Cafe and taste some of these ingredients in action. See you there!

November 11, 2019 by Mindy Taylor
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