We are Loving Fall’s Fresh Finds

September 26, 2012

With fall officially in the air it means lots of new local goodies growing in the Lowcountry, and all over for that matter. Many people think of fresh local finds only in the warmer weathers, but that’s just not the case. Fall has a lot to offer when it comes to homegrown treats.

At Cru Café and Cru Catering we love using what’s local, seasonal and fresh in our dishes and event menus. Fall veggies include an array of flavors from turnips to edamame, and we love them all. During the fall most leafy greens tend to be harvested (think arugula, chard, kale, fennel, endive). Harvesting these greens during cooler temperatures gives them a sweeter, less bitter, flavor.

Due to our climate we have a lot of flexibility with our gardens. Our first frost comes later (if at all) and gives our fall produce more time to mature for harvest, not to mention the cooler weather wards away the insects. The Lowcountry is a prime spot for growing broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower during this time of year. Fall is also a great time to grow root vegetables like carrots, beets or radishes.

Don’t possess a green thumb? Here is a list of some other fall fruits and veggies to look for when hitting the Farmer’s Market or your favorite fresh restaurants, like us here at Cru:
Apples*Artichokes *Figs *Beets* Celery* Chiles* Cranberries * Garlic* Sunchokes* Green beans* Grapes* Okra* Limes* Pomegranate * Potatoes* Pumpkins and Squash variations* Onions* Zucchini

Find a Farmer’s Market near You!

April 7 – December 16, 2012
Open Saturdays from 8am – 2pm
Marion Square, Downtown Charleston
Admission: FREE

April- Through Mid October 2012
Open Thursdays from 2pm-7pm
Felix C Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circles
Admission: FREE

May 21-October 20, 2012
Open Tuesdays from 3:30pm-dusk
Market Pavilion on Coleman Blvd. (Moultrie Middle School grounds)
Admission: FREE

Voted Charleston’s #1 Caterer for eleven years in a row from The Charleston City Paper, Cru Catering in Charleston, South Carolina, offers full service customized catering for events of all sizes. From wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners to private affairs, banquets and galas, Cru Catering can create a tailored menu perfect for your event. If you’re looking for something more intimate, we also offer in-house personal chefs. Voted Charleston’s Best Caterer from The Knot, we utilize our wide variety of culinary tastes fused with international cuisines to offer the freshest ingredients available. So whether you’re planning a small gathering or the wedding of your dreams, let the experts at Cru Catering make your event one to remember.