12 Recipes for Harvest Season


Photo by Kate Filloramo.

The summer season has officially given way to fall, and though we’re planning to squeeze in a few more hours at the beach and drinks on the Pearl patio, we’ll also acquiesce to autumn’s lovely charms. The abundance of the fall garden is one of New England’s greatest gifts; from apples and quince to the very last and ripest tomatoes to the reappearance of greens, there’s a little something for everyone. It’s a great time of year to eat as much local produce as possible, so here are a dozen recipes to help you do just that.

1. Bloody Mary Made With Fresh Tomatoes

virgin bloody mary with fresh juice and shrimp

Photo by Willa van Nostrand.

At some point in July, my son and I became very lazy about watering our garden, and yet our tomatoes are still doing us the favor of trickling in. If you’re not sick of them yet, try this Bloody Mary recipe. It’s perfect for a boozy (or not) fall brunch.

2. Frozen Raspberry Mezcal Cocktail


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Sure, raspberries are better known as a treat for July, but mine are still coming in hot. Like, super hot. Toss them in the blender with a bit of mezcal, and – boom! – you’ve got the perfect in-between season drink.

3. Arugula Pesto

arugula pesto recipe

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When the weather starts to cool down a bit, the salad greens start to pop up again. Pick some arugula greens and mix up this delicious pesto; it’s easy to pack for a picnic or serve with pasta at dinner.

4. Healthy Kale Caesar Salad with Almonds and Dates

A healthier, slightly sweeter version of the classic Caesar Salad

A healthier, slightly sweeter version of the classic Caesar Salad. Photo by Kate Filloramo.

I love it when those beautiful, crisp kale leaves start to pop. Eat more of this superfood with this salad recipe that’s slightly sweeter than the classic version.

5. French Onion Soup With Herbes de Provence Croutons

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Got onions? Try this soul-warming soup with just the right amount of cheese and a side of chunky sweater to get you in the mood for fall.

6. Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Hummus

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Butternut squash, lime, and a hint of chili oil give this simple hummus a surprising new kick. Photo by Kate Filloramo.

New England’s fall squashes are a gift from the gods; mix some into this homemade hummus for a heavenly treat.

7. Zucchini Pancakes, Straight from the Overgrown Garden

zucchini pancakes

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Got a glut of zucchini? We know just what to do with it.

8. Mojo Verde Over Smashed Potatoes

mojo verde with smashed potatoes

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Potatoes are such a marvel of nature – it never ceases to amaze me how they simply multiply underground, and digging them up is a great joy. Here’s how to make them even happier.

9. Quick and Simple Tomato Sauce

simple homemade tomato sauce in a mason jar

This quick and simple tomato sauce recipe goes from garden to fork in under 30 minutes. Photo by Kate Filloramo.

Even if you’re tired of tomatoes, this is a great recipe. Toss it in the freezer and pull it out on a dreary night in November when you’re wishing you were back in the garden.

10. Classic New England Clam Chowder

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Chowdah is good at any time of year, but great in the fall, when our shellfish is at its finest.

11. Crunchy Sesame-Cabbage Salad

crunchy cabbage slaw salad

Photo by Kate Filloramo.

Dress up your cabbage with this bright and wonderful dressing!

12. Simple Roasted Ratatouille


Photo by Kate Filloramo.

This dish is simply abundance in a pot. Easy to make and delicious to eat, ratatouille is the ultimate garden-to-fork treat.

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Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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