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Foods to look forward to as the seasons change

I live in a four-season northern hemisphere location (New Jersey) and am trying to compile a list of foods to look forward to as the seasons change in part to keep from getting the "blahs" as the weather cools.

I always look forward to fresh figs in September, October; cherries via South America that arrive for a couple of weeks around December, January

What do you look forward to?

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  1. I like the fall comfort foods like chili, pot roast, hot dish, hot chocolate, chai tea, pumpkin, apples, butternut squash, eggnog, peppermint bark, candy canes, cranberries, wild rice, stew, venison and duck as I have a lot of hunters in my family, I too love those cherries when they come in.

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    1. re: danionavenue

      No love for fresh Cranberries ? Homemade relish with citrus,cooked in Pork roast, etc.

    2. I love the seasonal varieties of apples, especially honeycrisp. I eat apples year round, but the extra options this time of year make the transition to fall slightly bearable.

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      1. re: mpjmph

        I love honeycrisp as well. I also love French butter pears, which only show up for a few weeks here.

      2. I'm in Ohio and as in NJ once the snow covers the ground there isn't a lot of "fresh/local" stuff to be had.

        So I look forward to stew, beef stew in particular. I LOVE big chunky carrots that have been simmering in the beef stew for hours until they are super soft and sweet. They are a winter treat for me.

        1. New apples and homemade apple pie and applesauce, Comice pears, satsuma oranges in December, new citrus in December-January. Homemade sukiyaki with matsutake mushrooms.

          1. I live in sunny southern CA (in fact, it's to be in the 90s tomorrow), and generally I miss the seasons terribly. However, that's offset when I can go to my back yard and cut satsumas to my heart's content. Nothing better than a satsuma still warm from the sun.

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            1. re: pine time

              LOL same here!

              I'm still picking bucket loads of San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, beans, etc. from the garden! I can usually keep eveything going and growing through most of November, but after that it's time to move in the cold weather crops...not that it even really gets very cold here.

              1. re: pine time

                I live in Southern California too, and the one thing I can think of is the return of honeycrisp apples, I love them.
                As we have fresh produce year round, I mostly miss the summer stone fruits, especially fresh peaches.
                The other thing I can think of is the availability of frozen turkeys in the fall (ever try to buy a turkey in September?) not easy at the regular supermarket.