13 Produce Available during Fall for Killer Cocktails

We’re at this point in time pretty much aware of the importance of using fresh fruits and produce in our cocktails. Some  bartenders are even  taking it to another level like using organic, locally sourced fruits or even using produce grown in their own backyard or garden. Here is a power list of fall fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and in produce departments we can expect to have in reach at some point during fall to prepare some killer libations. Specific crops and harvest dates of fall produce will depend, of course, on your region’s climate.

Pomegranates only ripen in warmer climates. They are in season starting in October and are usually available fresh through December.

Artichokes produce a second, smaller crop in the fall (the first go-around is in the spring) that tends to produce small to medium artichokes.
Beets are in season in temperate climates fall through spring, and available from storage most of the year everywhere else. Fresh beets are often sold with their greens still attached.
Celery is at its best in the fall, with its harvest continuing through winter in warm and temperate climates.
Cranberries, native to North America, and are harvested in New England and the Upper Midwest in the fall.

Apples are one of those fruits people have forgotten have a season. But they do, and in the Northern Hemisphere they’re harvested late summer through fall.

Fennel’s natural season is from fall through early spring. Like most cool weather crops, the plant bolts and turns bitter in warmer weather.

Figs have a short second season in late fall (the first harvest comes in summer) just in time for Thanksgiving.

Grapes (early fall) ripen towards the end of summer where they grow best; the harvest continues into fall.
Horseradish is at its best in fall and winter. Like so many other root vegetables, however, it stores well and is often available in decent shape well into spring.
Pears have a season that runs from mid-summer well into winter, depending on the variety and region.
Pumpkins are the most common winter squash and come into season in September in most areas.
Quinces area most under-appreciated fruit. Bright and tart, quince jellies and desserts are a fall and early winter favorite.

Great resources for finding local farms, farm trails, farmer’s markets and all fresh food is Local Harvest or the Eat Well Guide.

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