Vegetarian and vegan farmers market January recipes! Your January seasonal produce guide + 50 recipes inspired by your local farmers market or CSA bin.
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Happy new year, Rhubarbarians!
January may seem like a tough time for seasonal produce, but there are so many goodies out at your local farmers markets and farms or in your local grocery store. Here are some recipes to get you through winter, and some great recipes to make in January.
What's in season in January?
Brrrr! It’s cold out and your farmers markets might be closed, but there are still so many fruits and veggies to eat this month! For this list we are going to focus on grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, parsnip, rutabaga, brussels sprout, potato, orange, leek, and turnip.
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that is in season from December to March. They are similar to oranges but are larger and more on the tart side. Varieties range from pale yellow in color to a bright ruby hue.
More grapefruit recipes:
- Grapefruit quinoa salad with herbs and walnuts
- Fresh grapefruit mimosa with honey
- Mixed citrus salad from Striped Spatula
- Beet and grapefruit carpaccio from Jessica Levinson
Kiwis are fuzzy, round little fruits that are in season from September to January here in the Northwest US. They have a distinctive green flesh with tiny black seeds. Although the entire fruit is edible, even the fuzzy skin, many people scoop out the flesh and discard the skin when eating raw (give that skin a try!). They are usually eaten raw, but are great used in baking too!
More kiwi recipes:
- Kiwi maca cinnamon nice cream from Unconventional Baker
- Kiwi coconut milk chia pudding from A Taste for Travel
- Kiwi mandarin spinach salad from Flavour and Savour
- Kiwi green smoothie from Nutribullet
When life gives us lemons, we make.... so many things! Lemons are citrus fruits that are in season from winter to late spring. They are notorious for their vibrant yellow color and their puckeringly sour flavor. Lemons are household staples and can even be used as a cleaner!
More lemon recipes:
- Honey butter roasted radishes with lemon
- Arugula salad with meyer lemon rosemary chickpeas
- Lemon butter pasta with peas and leeks from Short Girl Tall Order
- Lemon pepper cauliflower steaks from My Darling Vegan
Parsnips are root vegetables that are in season from October to April. They are a shade of pale yellow or ivory and resemble an albino carrot. Like most root vegetables, they are mostly eaten cooked and are delicious when roasted or mashed.
More parsnip recipes:
- Spiced roast parsnips from Mrs. Jones Kitchen
- Parsnip fries 3 ways from Quite Good Food
- Parsnip mash from Easy Budget Meals
- Roasted parsnips with pomegranate sauce from The Salty Pot
Rutabagas are root vegetables that are in season from October to March. Also known as a swede, they resemble turnips but are larger and have pale, yellow flesh. Rutabagas are sweet and juicy when eaten raw, but become even sweeter when cooked.
More rutabaga recipes:
- Rutabaga soup from Greedy Gourmet
- Instant Pot lentils and rice with rutabaga from Healthy Slow Cooking
- Instant Pot rutabaga mash from Recipes from a Pantry
- Baked garlic and herb shoestring rutabagas from Simple Seasonal
Brussels sprout recipes
Brussels sprouts are leafy vegetables similar to mini cabbages. They are in season from September to March when the weather is cool. They are grown on large stalks and every part of the vegetable is edible, even the stalk leaves!
More brussels sprout recipes:
- Warm brussels sprouts salad with apple cider ginger dressing
- Sweet and sour brussels sprouts from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen
- Teriyaki brussels sprouts from The Belly Rules the Mind
- Roasted brussels sprouts fettuccine alfredo from Kiipfit
Potatoes are root vegetables that are grown almost all year round. There are so many varieties of potatoes that they can be harvested from early spring to late fall and can be stored for several months after the harvest. Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food when cooked! From mashed to fried, they are the absolutely delicious.
More potato recipes:
- Vegan potato salad with peas and herbs
- Potato tart with chevre, tomato, and quinoa crust
- Vegan cauliflower and potato curry
- Vegan potato dumplings with creamy mushroom gravy from VeEatCookBake
Oranges are citrus fruits that are in season from January to March. There are a vast number of varieties of oranges, but as a whole they are round with a very orange skin and orange flesh. Oranges are sweet and the entire fruit is enjoyed, including the zest of the skin!
More orange recipes:
- Watermelon radish salad with orange and goat cheese
- Yogurt orange smoothie with vanilla and cinnamon
- Cinnamon orange pancakes
- Crispy orange tofu from Vegan Travel Eats
Leeks are vegetables that are in season from October to May. They look like giant scallions! They have a mild onion flavor, but are more on the sweet side. The white and pale green parts are mostly used for cooking, while the dark green stem can be very woody and is usually reserved for stock.
More leek recipes:
- Creamed leeks from Jack Slobodian
- Sweet potato leek soup from Babaganosh
- Creamy leek and mushroom pasta from Neighborfood
- Mushroom and leek quiche from Neighborfood
Fully matured turnips are cruciferous (yep!) vegetables that are in season from November to January. "Baby turnips" are harvested early in the summer and are wonderful raw. Although they resemble root vegetables, they are actually the base of a stem and are more related to broccoli and cauliflower.
More turnip recipes:
- Roasted turnips with maple mustard glaze from Go Dairy Free
- Browned butter mashed turnip from Girl Heart Food
- Creamy potato turnip soup from Babaganosh
- Lemony lentil turnip chowder from Healthy Midwestern Girl
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoy all that great January produce.
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