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The Best Local, Seasonal Ingredients to Use in Recipes

Cooking with seasonal ingredients is a great way to enjoy dishes make with fresh ingredients that are readily available throughout the area. With local farm markets and fresh produce sourcing locally grown items, it's easy to put together some amazing dishes that celebrate the food of that season.

Try these local seasonal ingredients this fall to incorporate into your recipes.

Ingredients in Season This Fall in Colorado

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Apple trees have been around since prehistoric times. Apples are in season in late September and early October, making them perfect for fall dishes, both sweet and savory.

Carrots
Hardy carrots are a root veggie with orange, white, purple, red, and yellow varieties. Carrots are in season in fall and early winter and are a wonderful base for soups.

Onions
Late summer through early fall is onion harvest time, though they keep excellently in cool storage. They’re perfect as the base of many dishes, sauces, soups, and stews.

Potatoes
Starchy potatoes have many varieties, whether they’re fried, baked, boiled, or broiled. Their harvest season is fall, though they will last in the right storage for many months.

Seasonal Ingredients for Fall Cooking from Neighboring States

Beets
Also called beetroots or garden beets, these are root vegetables that have a deep, reddish-purple color. They’re ready from fall through spring.

Pecans
Native to the Deep South, pecans are buttery nuts with a thick outer shell. They are great for adding to your favorite fall recipes for the holiday season.

Leeks
Leeks are in the same family as onions and garlic and provide for an alternative to hearty meals throughout the colder months.

Cheyenne Mountain Recipe of the Month

October was National Chili Month, so in honor of this occasion, Cheyenne Mountain Resort created their recipe of the month, Green Elk Chili a warm and comforting fall dish. Ground elk meat is cooked with onions, garlic, and spices and paired with pureed tomatillos and green chilies for a hearty meal.

We hope you have the opportunity to get out and take advantage of the great local ingredients throughout the season when planning your menus. Book a stay with us and plan to dine with us to see how we are using the seasonal ingredients available throughout Colorado. We look forward to welcoming you to Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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