Farm to plate: 3 autumn veggies we’re obsessed with

April 24, 2024
by Christina Eat

    Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to fresh produce and scrumptious meals. Autumn has so much deliciousness to offer, you just have to know what’s in season!

    Mushrooms, kumara and leek are each bursting with fresh, unique flavours that we are absolutely loving right now. Autumn cooking with these seasonal staples not only guarantees superior flavour and peak freshness, but it’s also a more sustainable way to fill your plate. 

    Locally grown seasonal produce requires less transportation, which means fewer carbon emissions from long-distance shipping. Plus, seasonal produce tends to be more abundant during its peak harvest time, meaning that farmers can grow larger quantities without relying on artificial processes.


    Mushies boast a rich, earthy flavour that adds depth and complexity to any dish. They’re suitable for many cooking methods, including sautéing, roasting, and grilling. Their distinct flavour and texture, plus their nutritional value, make them a great pick for autumn cooking.

    How to store mushrooms

    To store mushrooms, place them in a paper bag or a loosely covered container lined with paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Avoid plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and cause your mushrooms to spoil more quickly. Keep mushrooms in your fridge’s crisper drawer or on the main shelves, away from moisture-producing foods.

    Our favourite mushroom recipe this autumnmushroom and potato galette with autumn flavours

    Mushroom, Leek & Herby Potato Filo Galette with Basil Pesto & Mixed Salad

    This uber-comforting galette takes all the umami goodness of button mushrooms and marries it with garlic, basil pesto and chilli inside a crisp filo pastry shell. It’s a match made in heaven! Order it now.


    Whether roasted, mashed, baked, or turned into fries, kumara offers a natural sweetness that pairs well with both savoury and sweet flavours. It’s clear why they’re a favourite in comforting autumn dishes. Kumara are rich in essential nutrients, which is particularly important as the weather cools down.

    How to store kumara

    To store sweet potatoes properly, keep them in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place such as a pantry, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Avoid washing them before storage to prevent moisture build up, which can lead to spoilage. 

    Our favourite kumara recipe this autumnkumara and chicken pie with autumn flavours

    Creamy Chicken Kumara Top Pie & Veggies with Parmesan Topping

    Satisfy your cravings for warm and cosy flavours with this rich, cheesy kumara mash-topped number. Chicken and veggies are cooked in a creamy sauce for an explosion of flavour that perfectly complements the sweet and nutty top. Order it now.


    With their mild, sweet flavour and subtle onion-like aroma, leeks enhance a variety of dishes, from soups to stews. Their hearty texture and savoury taste level-up the warmth and comfort often associated with autumn cooking. Plus, they pair particularly well with other seasonal ingredients like potatoes, kumara, and mushrooms.

    How to store leeks

    To store leeks, trim the dark green tops, rinse them thoroughly under cold water to remove dirt, and pat them dry with paper towel. Wrap each leek individually in dry paper towel to absorb moisture and help maintain crispness. Store the wrapped leeks in the crisper drawer of your fridge to keep them fresh.

    Our favourite leek recipe this autumnleek and bacon risotto

    Bacon, Chicken & Leek Pesto Risotto with Garlic Pangrattato

    Leek and bacon come together to form an unstoppable flavour duo in this keen, green risotto. With basil pesto stirred through, plus chicken and a crunchy garlic pangrattato, it’s dinner time perfection. Order it now.

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