As the weather turns to fall and kids return to school, the colors and flavors at the market start to turn toward warmth and spice. Look for combinations of vegetables which are perfect for baking and well-seasoned meats for the oven or slow cooker. At the market, early fall means peak apple season! Minnesota’s diverse apple varieties offer options which are great for packing into school lunch, heavenly topped with a smear of goat cheese, hazelnuts, and a drizzle of honey, or perfect for pie. The best part about shopping for apples at the farmers market - growers will be able to recommend exactly which variety you need!

Visit one of the many apple vendors at Rochester Farmers Markets, or find them out on the farm, like...

  • Sekapp Orchard (Rochester)
  • Northwoods Orchard (Oronoco)
  • Blossom Hill Orchard (Preston)
  • Turkey River Valley Orchard (Decorah)
  • Mueske Apple Orchard (St. Charles)
  • Cedar Grove Orchard (Austin)
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Recipe: Apple crisp (Market manager Jess’s favorite fall food!)

Combine the following and pour into a large pan:

5-6 apples, chopped

½ cup sugar

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix the following and sprinkle over top of fruit:

½ cup flour

1 ¼ cups rolled oats

⅔ cup brown sugar

1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

⅛ teaspoon ground ginger

½ cup softened butter

Bake at 375 degrees F for ~30 minutes. Serve warm.

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