Autumn Harvests

It’s raining and cold here in Michigan today. Fall has definitely begun! I suppose the rain is a good thing because it makes the apples super shiny and delicious-looking for tomorrow, but it’s not fun to work in. Oh well! The fall harvest is well underway, and we have a lot of fresh produce for you this week. I just love this season!

Fruit Available

Apples - We have Honeycrisp! The Honeycrisp were a little on the unripe side last week, but these should taste much sweeter. The apples have been enjoying the sunshine this week and are very sweet and crunchy. We have a few Zestar left and a few Fuji, but Honeycrisp is in season right now! We will have plenty of Honeycrisp at every market except our St. Joseph location. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Pears - our Bartlett pears can be eaten fresh or made into a delectable dessert. They add a sweet, crisp flavor in salads and make excellent syrups and chutneys! This variety of pear is known as the canning pear because of the distinct sweet flavor which preserves well. If you love pears, try pear sauce instead of apple sauce and see what  you think of the flavor!

Grapes -  everyone loves our green Himrod grapes. Himrod grapes are perfect for eating fresh – firm and sweet, with a lot of juice. We also have Canadice red grapes. Canadice grapes have a rather spicy, deep flavor.  This week, the Canadice grapes are very sweet and delicious. Both varieties are seedless, but there may be a few grapes that have a tiny seed or two inside.

Raspberries - I walked into the barn where they were loading up wholesale for tomorrow and there were rows upon rows of big, beautiful raspberries! I had to try a few. These raspberries are different sizes, depending on the bush, but they are flavorful and very sweet. Delicious for adding to a recipe! Email us to pick up a flat of delicious raspberries at market for only $57.

Blueberries - the blueberry season is slowly coming to a close. Remember you can freeze blueberries, so get some while you can! We still have the Elliot variety and they are a lot sweeter than past Elliots have been.

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Since it’s cold and raining today, I wanted to choose a recipe that’s warm and comforting and completely delicious. I’ve made a couple different versions of this recipe, trying out different combinations of fruit and spices. The recipe is simple and easy to make, and feel free to experiment with your ingredients!

I’m not the most creative when it comes to naming my recipes…

Warm Fall Fruit 

You will need:

1 cup light brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (if you can get nutmeg, fresh grated nutmeg is the best!)

3 cups peeled and thinly sliced Bartlett pears (this is roughly 6 pears)

3 cups peeled and thinly sliced Zestar apples (this is about 6 or 7 large apples)

Cinnamon sticks (optional)


Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a  small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add pears; cover and cook for four minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar mixture and the apples. Cook on medium heat for twelve minutes. Serve warm and garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.

Tips: you’ll want the pears to be nice and firm for this recipe. The thinner you sliced the apples, the less time they will need to cook. If you want the dessert within twenty minutes, slice the apples and pears nice and thin. If you want a hearty, old-fashioned-style dessert, peel and chop the apples and pears into 8 chunks and let them simmer on low heat for a half hour, stirring occasionally to make sure they are cooking evenly. The trick is to cook them until they’re warm and rather soft – but not squishy like applesauce. If you don’t like pears, just use apples.

Market Tip

If you know what you want at market beforehand, email us by Friday at 11:30am and reserve your order for pick up at market! If you’re going to be making jam or lots of pies, let us know! You’ll know we have what you need even if you can’t make it to the market until later in the day. No matter how small or large the order – we can help.


Ellis Family Farms is now on Instagram! Check out life at @ellisfamilyfarms! We also took over 61st Market on Instagram today, and it’s been fun sharing a little about our farm.

Well, that’s all for now, folks!

See you at market tomorrow!


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2 Responses to Autumn Harvests

  1. Larisa says:

    Dear Rene,

    I bought your jelly today on Clark/Division Market and tasted it at home. It consists of figs, rasperries, oranges , spiced with ginger, and redused sugar. It tastes very nice! I did not know that ginger can be used in any jelly. Thank you and I will tell my friends about your great products.

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