Fall at the Farmer’s Market: A Buying Guide
The first frosty nights benefit September harvests. When temperatures drop, vegetables such as Brussels sprouts convert their starch stores into sugar to keep the water in their cells from freezing—and they taste sweeter as a result. Patterson suggests buying sprouts on the stalk, so you can see how they’ve been grown and make sure the leaves aren’t wilting.
When choosing underground vegetables, make sure they aren’t split or dry, indications that they haven’t been stored properly. “There should be a firmness and a smell of earthiness,” says Patterson. “Look for bruising or nicks that could cause rotting.”