What's in Season - September Produce Guide

What's in season in September? Check out our September produce guide for recipes and tips for all the apples, grapes, green beans, figs, eggplant, chiles, and tomatillos.

September Produce Guide

We've all heard the advice to eat foods with color from the rainbow, right? Well you can't beat September for rainbow foods. We have all the colors here!

What's in season in September?

If you didn't fill up on tomatoes in August, you have one more month to enjoy seasonal fresh tomatoes of all kinds — heirloom, cherry tomatoes, romas. You'll also still find plenty of cucumbers, summer squash, and stone fruit. Eggplants and green beans are peaking in early September.

Apples are the fruit that define September for me. Have you made plans to go apple picking yet? You'll also find a bounty of figs and grapes.

For those of you who love Southwestern flavors, September is the month for green chiles of all sorts — Hatch and Anaheim green chiles, perfect-for-stuffing poblanos, and jalapeños.

Timed perfectly to ripen alongside the chiles are husk covered tomatillos, what you need for making salsa verde.

Varieties of tomatoes
Image: Lori Rice.

Lori Rice

Tomatoes, Red and Green and In-Between

If you're a gardener, make sure to pick all of your tomatoes before the first freeze. You can make fried green tomatoes with any unripe green tomatoes, or just leave them on the counter to ripen. They will eventually turn red.


Time for applesauce and apple pie! Look for Jonagold, Braeburn, Fuji, yellow Golden Delicious, and tart green Granny Smith.


Fill out the colors of the rainbow with different varieties of seedless table grapes. Or if you happen to have grapevines, make your own homemade grape juice!

Green Beans

Look for crisp string beans and wax beans that snap when you bend them, thin and tender French haricots verts, and flat bright green Romano beans.


Rarely to figs make it to a recipe in our house, we love eating them straight! But if you have either lots of figs or lots of self control, try this fig jam, it's the jam.


Pick up globe eggplants for baba ganoush and eggplant parmesan, or tender Japanese eggplants for a ginger miso stir-fry.


Buy a bagful of Hatch green chiles or Anaheims and roast them until they are black all over. If you freeze them this way, the blackened bits will just slip off like silk when you defrost them.


Tomatillos may look like green tomatoes in husks, but they are just remotely related. Use tomatillos for Mexican salsa verde.

Scroll down for September produce recipe ideas!

  • Applesauce

    Elise Bauer

    Delicious homemade applesauce recipe! There is nothing better than homemade applesauce with hand-picked apples, and it is so easy to make!

  • Chicken Normandy

    Chicken Normandy
    Elise Bauer

    Chicken browned and braised in apple cider and brandy, cooked with apple slices and onions, served with a cream sauce.

  • Applesauce Spice Cake

    Applesauce cake, frosted and with a piece removed.
    Sally Vargas

    Welcome fall with this easy applesauce cake! It's rich, moist, and fragrant with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Top with cream cheese frosting or leave plain.

  • Waldorf Salad

    Waldorf Salad
    Elise Bauer

    First presented at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1893, this all-American Waldorf salad recipe includes chopped apples, celery, grapes, and toasted walnuts in a mayonnaise dressing.

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  • Roast Chicken with Grapes

    Roast Chicken with Grapes
    Elise Bauer

    Whole roast chicken, stuffed with grapes and seasoned with rosemary, thyme, onions, and lemon.

  • Homemade Grape Juice

    Concord grapes hanging from grapevine
    Elise Bauer

    There's nothing better than homemade grape juice. Step-by-step instructions with photos on how to make your own grape juice from scratch.

  • Easy Microwave Fig Jam

    Microwave Fig Jam
    Elise Bauer

    EASY Fig Jam made with figs, orange, lemon, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Small batch, takes only a few minutes to make in the microwave!

  • Pork Tenderloin with Figs and Olives

    Pork Tenderloin with Figs and Olives

    Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Figs and Olives is a classic Mediterranean dish. It's tangy, sweet, and savory, and filled with flavor! Easy to make, elegant presentation.

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  • Grilled Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

    Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce
    Elise Bauer

    Tender long Japanese eggplants quickly grilled, served with sesame tahini sauce.

  • Eggplant Caviar

    Eggplant Caviar
    Elise Bauer

    Terrific smoky eggplant caviar dip! Perfect to spread over crackers for an easy and delicious appetizer.

  • Eggplant Caponata Pasta

    Eggplant Caponata Pasta
    Sheryl Julian

    Sweet-sour eggplant caponata makes a great sauce for pasta. Simple vegetarian dinner.

  • Pork and Poblano Stew

    Pork and Poblano Stew
    Elise Bauer

    Hearty fall stew with pork shoulder, roasted poblano chiles, chipotle, onions, sweet potatoes, and corn.

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  • Green Chile Cornbread

    Green Chile Cornbread
    Elise Bauer

    Flavorful and tender Green Chile Cornbread! Packed with corn, cheese, and Anaheim or Hatch green chiles.

  • Green Chile Mac and Cheese

    Green Chile Mac Cheese
    Elise Bauer

    What could make mac & cheese even better? Taking it on a southwestern spin with roasted green chiles, corn, and jack cheese!

  • Tomatillo Salsa Verde

    Tomatillo Salsa Verde
    Elise Bauer

    3 methods for making homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde, a delicious Mexican green salsa made with roasted tomatillos, chile peppers, lime juice, cilantro, and onion.

  • Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

    Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
    Elise Bauer

    These chicken enchiladas are smothered with a homemade tomatillo salsa verde sauce and topped with chopped red onion, crumbly Mexican cotija cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.

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  • Tomatillo Scrambled Eggs

    Tomatillo Scrambled Eggs
    Elise Bauer

    Huevos en salsa verde! Eggs scrambled in a green chile sauce made with jalapeño, tomatillos, and onions.

  • Green Bean Salad with Basil, Balsamic, and Parmesan

    Green Bean Salad with Basil and Parmesan
    Elise Bauer

    Fresh green beans, blanched and toss with a balsamic vinaigrette, red onions, basil, and Parmesan.

  • French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

    French Green Beans Haricot Verts
    Elise Bauer

    Fresh haricot verts, skinny green beans boiled, drained, then sautéed in butter with onions, tarragon, thyme, parsley, and chives.