Add international flair to fall produce

Amped Up: Local fall produce

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- It's harvest time and apples, squash and root vegetables are in season! Lakewinds Food Co-op has some great ideas for how to prepare you fall bounty with international flavor.

What is being harvested locally this season?

·        Apples:

o   Mid-September through mid-October is the best time of year to enjoy the best of Minnesota-grown apples.

o   Apple varieties that will be available at Lakewinds this fall include: Honey Gold, Regent, Connell Red, Snow Sweet, Haralson, Northwestern Greening, Keepsake, Macoun.

·        Root Vegetables:

o   Fall vegetables include: beets, celery root, kohlrabi, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips.

o   Unlike the delicate garden vegetables of summer, fall vegetables, such as kale and cabbage, don’t need to be enjoyed right away.

o   Root vegetables can be served as a side dish to roasted chicken, tossed with pasta or into rice or included into a hearty soup.

·        Squash

o   Butternut, spaghetti and acorn squash are currently being harvested locally!

o   Ways to add international flare to squash are: incorporate into curry or tagine recipes.


Demo: Indian Chai Spice Apple Hand Pies

What you need:

2 large, firm tart apples

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons of butter, melted

Chai spice mix (2 teaspoons each cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel seed, plus 1 teaspoon of black pepper)

2 rounds of refrigerated pie cough

1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water 

Cinnamon Sugar mix


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Toss apples with brown sugar, butter, salt and spice mixture.

Unroll pie dough, cut each round into six wedges. Lay half of the wedges onto the prepared pans. Place 1/4 cup of the apple mixture on each wedge, top with remaining dough, then press edges together with a fork. Brush egg wash on each pie and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cut two slits into top of each pie.

Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Cool 15 minutes before eating. 


Lakewinds Food Co-op is a full-service cooperative grocery serving the West metro Twin Cities suburbs for 40 years with locations in Minnetonka, Chanhassen and newly opened Richfield.

Lakewinds Food Co-op specializes in natural and organic foods with a wide variety of special-diet options including more than 1,500 gluten-free items. Nearly one-third of Lakewinds products come from local sources which helps maintain a sustainable food system. Everyone is welcome to shop at Lakewinds Food Co-op.

Owners pay a one-time fee and receive member discounts, the ability to vote and serve on the board of directors and an annual patronage dividend. Joining the 20,000+ Lakewinds co-op owners is a commitment to the local community, local economy and helps ensure quality local products for years to come. To learn more visit


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