Fall is here, and that means shifting temperatures, shortening days, and changing colors all around us. It’s harvest time across much of the U.S., and with harvest comes a variety of fall fruit and festivals celebrating the importance of the season in local food production. So we’ve put together your 2019 fall fruit guide.
“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” ― Samuel Butler
At The FruitGuys, we’re always tracking harvests, keeping on top of what’s growing where, and keeping in touch with our network of regional farmers, so that we can bring you the freshest, most delicious produce at its natural peak. We know that eating fruit in season is optimal for your health and a treat for your taste buds!
It’s also smart since local produce that is in season travels a much shorter distance to reach you. This reduces carbon emissions and climate impact, reduces the time fruit spends time in cold storage, and usually reduces costs.
Seasonal eating can evoke powerful memories and connections to a specific time and place. Do you have a favorite fall fruit memory? Share it with us @fruitguys on Instagram. I remember picking a ripe Bartlett pear from the tree in my grandfather’s field. It’s a source of great joy for us to be able to bring you some of fall’s finest fruits. Read on to find out what’s coming in your weekly fruit boxes in the weeks and months ahead.
The FruitGuys Fall Fruit Guide
Click on the highlighted fruit names for ripening, storage, and nutrition information. NOTE: your exact mix of fruits will vary depending on your box subscription and region. We’ve done our best to capture the big picture but check our This Week’s Mixes page each week to see exactly what’s in your box.
Valencia and navel oranges will remain in abundance for several weeks. The Valencia, known for its sweetness and high concentration of juice, is around through late September or early October, depending on weather conditions. You may notice some “greening” of their peels at this time of year, but that’s a natural phenomenon and doesn’t interfere with their flavor. The navel, or “winter,” orange typically begins to appear in November. (See our tips on enjoying oranges at the office without making a mess!)”
Apples abound in autumn! We’re already featuring local varieties in all regions. Chicago-area customers will see the Zestar!, Early Gold, and Paula Red. Our Philadelphia and East Coast friends also will enjoy the Zestar!, plus Honeycrisp, and Ginger Gold. Californians are getting a taste of the delicious Arkansas Black.
Pears, already prominent in California, are now appearing in the Midwest and Northwest. There are so many varieties to sink your teeth into, including the Forelle, Bartlett, Starkrimson, French Butter, Comice, Asian, and more. Why not try your hand at canning pears this year? A prize-winning canner shares her secrets on How to Can Perfect Pears.
Say farewell soon to stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, and plums. Typically these products start to wind down after Labor Day—through Michigan is seeing an unusually late crop of nectarines this year. Weather permitting, customers in California can expect to see plums and some peaches through the end of October.
Grapes & Berries
Grapes can be enjoyed in most regions through September and early October. Berries will be disappearing from most boxes until next spring and summer, although California will continue to produce some strawberries through late fall.
To know what’s in season near you, check out this Seasonal Food Guide that allows you to select your state, the time of year, and even what type of produce you like best. If you’re looking for a local harvest festival or Oktoberfest, try this festival database.