Vegetarian and vegan farmers market September recipes! Your September seasonal produce guide + 50 recipes inspired by your local farmers market or CSA bin.
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Hi, Rhubarbarians! Happy September! We still have a handful of weeks of summer left, but are definitely transitioning to fall. Are you ready?
The farmers markets are stocked with so much fresh produce right now, as well as herbs and flowers. I hope you are getting out and enjoying them (as safely as possible at least)! It won't be long before this harvest season is over, so let's make the most of it.
What's in season in September?
There is still an abundance of produce in season in September. But, for this list we are going to focus on apples, carrots, fennel, grapes, eggplant, corn, pears, pumpkin, butternut squash, and plums.
Apples are fruits that are in season from August to November. They are fantastic eaten raw, but are the quintessential flavor of fall in the Pacific Northwest when cooked. Apple pie anyone?
More apple recipes:
- Baked apple chips from Rhubarbarians
- Belgian endive salad with apples and goat cheese from Rhubarbarians
- Instant Pot apple butter from The Belly Rules the Mind
- Vegan caramel apples from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen
Carrots are root vegetables that are in season from June to October. Carrots are sweet, but can have a bit of a spicy bite to them. When cooked, they become very sweet and are even great in desserts like carrot cake. Did you know that the tops are edible?
More fresh carrot recipes:
- Carrot tahini quinoa burgers from Rhubarbarians
- Spicy coconut carrot soup from Rhubarbarians
- Grilled carrot hot dogs from Eatplant-based
- Cinnamon carrot pie from The Gifted Gabber
Fennel is a root vegetable that is in season from July to November. The seeds, root, stems, and leaves are all edible. It has a very distinctive flavor very similar to black licorice. The anise flavor of the seeds is perfect for spice blends or seasonings, but is truly versatile to cook with.
More fennel recipes:
- Apple fennel slaw from Soup Addict
- Pasta with roasted fennel and lemon from Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Roasted fennel soup with herbed crostini from Simply Fresh Dinners
- White bean fennel salad from Babaganosh
Grapes are fruits that are in season from August to October. Fresh grapes are wonderful eaten out of hand, but are used for so many things! Sweet desserts, juices, wines, dried to make raisins, or added to savory dishes for a little sweet crunch.
More fresh grape recipes:
- Concord grape muffins from Thyme and Love
- Roasted squash and grapes from This Healthy Table
- Blue cheese crostini with roasted grapes from Babaganosh
- Arugula pizza with grapes from Champagne Tastes
Eggplant, also known as aubergine, is a fruit (yep!) that is in season from June to November. The most common type of eggplant is a large, teardrop shaped purple variety. The texture of eggplant can break down quickly, so it’s usually used in purees, stews, fried dishes, or stuffed.
More eggplant recipes:
- Grilled eggplant with Asian marinade from Yellow Glass Dish
- Spicy eggplant stir-fry from My Goodness Kitchen
- Grilled eggplant spring rolls from Vegan Yack Attack
- Vegan eggplant rollatini from Vegan Huggs
Corn is a grain (but maybe a veggie and fruit too?) that is in season from July to October. It’s wonderful eaten on the cob, but is also great cut off the cob and added to salads, soups, or as a side dish. I’ve even seen some dessert recipes made with corn!
More fresh corn recipes:
- Corn and black bean tacos from Rhubarbarians
- Spicy vegan corn chowder from Moon and Spoon and Yum
- Spicy corn salad with avocado from Plant Based Recipe
- Creamy edamame and corn succotash from I Just Make Sandwiches
Pears are fruits that are in season from August to November. Pears are wonderful eaten raw on their own, but are similar to apples in the sense that they pair well with an endless number of flavors and are fantastic when cooked.
More fresh pear recipes:
- Maple pecan fall fruit bake from Rhubarbarians
- Cold pear soup from This Healthy Kitchen
- Vegan caramel pear crisp from Bakerita
- Homemade canned pears from Sustainable Cooks
Pumpkins are fruits (yep!) that are in season from September to January. You may be imagining a jack-o-lantern or maybe a pumpkin spice latte, but there are many varieties of delicious pumpkins! For most varieties, the inner flesh and the seeds are edible and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.
More pumpkin recipes:
- Cheesy pumpkin quesadillas from Rhubarbarians
- Pumpkin yogurt smoothie from Rhubarbarians
- Baked pumpkin risotto from Hey Nutrition Lady
- Vegan pumpkin cupcakes from My Goodness Kitchen
Butternut squash is a fruit (yep!) that is in season from September to December. It's very similar to a pumpkin, but has more of a bell shape and thinner, paler, skin. This winter squash is most commonly eaten when cooked and has a very sweet, squash flavor.
More butternut squash recipes:
- Butternut squash and black bean tacos from Rhubarbarians
- Golden potato and butternut squash leek soup from Rhubarbarians
- Breakfast collard wraps with butternut squash from Sunkissed Kitchen
- Butternut squash mac and cheese from Living on Roots
Plums are fruits that are in season from August to September. They are part of the stone fruit family, so are fantastic eaten raw out of hand around the pit in the middle. But plums are also used in savory sauces, sweet baked goods, and even dried to make prunes.
More plum recipes:
- Plum galette from Champagne Tastes
- Vegan plum pie with almonds from Anna Banana
- Plum jam from Masala Herb
- Plum and vanilla custard tart from A Baking Journey
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoy all that great September produce.
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