November has well and truly arrived, making its mark with blustery, cold weather and torrential rain.
For some, November is all about preparing for Christmas or Thanksgiving, depending on whereabouts you're from, but for us, it's all about welcoming in a new wave of produce. When the weather gets chillier, we crave comfort food, so it's a good thing that vegetables like squash, parsnips and potatoes are all in season this month.
Due to the warm weather we've been experiencing this year, seasonality has gone a bit awry, with a lot of fruit and vegetables coming into season a lot earlier than usual. This may mean that they will go out of season earlier too, so make sure to use what you can while it's still available.
What's In Season:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Butternut Squash
- Cavolo Nero
- Pak Choi
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Sweet Potatoes
What's Going Out Of Season:
What To Forage:
What To Plant:
- Broad Beans
One group of vegetables that we get particularly excited about at this time of year are brassicas. Also known as cruciferous vegetables, mustards or cabbages, this family is made up of a range of different vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, cabbage, kale, collards, turnips and more. Slightly more unusual vegetables that come under the brassica umbrella include kohlrabi, broccoli rabe/rapini, Chinese cabbage, tatsoi, daikon and wasabi.
These vegetables are particularly good at this time of year because they are very hardy, so the can fully make it through the season. Brassicas also add a serious amount of crunch to your diet, which can be refreshing when it seems like the only texture you get to experience in winter is similar to stew.
Why Buy In Season
Seasonality is so important because it helps you make sure you're getting the best out of the produce that's available to you. Our farmers and growers around the country strive year-round to make sure that the food that reaches us is of the best quality possible, so it makes sense to ensure you buy at the right time. Food markets and farmers' markets are great resources to help make sure you buy in season as the stallholders usually stock the best of the best. Some of our favourite markets are on in the following places:
People's Park Market, Dún Laoghaire, Sundays 10.00-16.00
Clonakilty Market, Cork, Fridays 9.00-14.00
The Village Market, Galway, Tuesdays 10.00-18.00
Dingle Farmers' Market, Kerry, Fridays 9.00-15.00
Market Square, Portlaoise, Fridays 10.00-15.00
Red Door Market, Limerick, Saturdays 10.00-15.00
Mayo Castlebar Farmers Market Fridays 9.00-18.00
Local Food Market, Meath, Saturdays 10.00-14.00
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