Fall Produce Picks from Shipt Shoppers

Autumn will be here before you know it, and you’ll need lots of delicious in-season produce on your grocery list to prepare for family dinners and holiday get-togethers. From apples to pumpkins, we’ve created a buying guide to help you select the freshest fall favorites and pick produce like our pros!

Sweet Potatoes

Look for sweet potatoes with tight skin and no blemishes, wrinkles, or bruises. Small and medium-sized potatoes are less starchy.

Psst…check out this top secret tip from Birmingham Shopper Ashley S.:

“If you are looking for a sweeter sweet potato, grab a darker red or orange. Those have a lot of flavor versus a lighter tan potato.”

Bake this Bourbon Soaked Sweet Potato Pie for a twist on a fan-favorite dish.


Check for any mushy spots or bruises. Pumpkins for carving should be heavy, but not too thick. Smaller pumpkins are best for cooking. 

Don’t just take it from us! Shopper Alec B. from Minneapolis confirms:

“The best pumpkins to pick have a deep, hollow sound when you tap them. To test for a good one, hold the pumpkin with one hand, place your ear next to the pumpkin, and knock on its side with the knuckles of your other hand. If you hear an echoing, hollow sound, it’s a good one.”

Sweeten your days this autumn with Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.


Choose apples that are deeply colored, firm, naturally shiny, and heavy for their size. Avoid dull apples with soft spots or bruises.

Check out this pro tip from Kokomo Shopper Haleigh S.:

“When shopping for apples I always look for firmness and make sure there are no soft spots or bruising. You’ll also want to stray away from any cuts or tears on the skin.”

Give this tasty recipe for Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples a try for an autumn dessert.

Green Beans

Choose green beans that have a bright green color. They should be crisp and snap easily when bent. 

Houston Shopper Robin D. shares her knowledge:

“Green beans should have a fresh, green color and a velvety feel, with a firm texture. When broken, they should snap crisply. Do not buy beans that are limp, or over-sized, split, or have rust spots or scars.”

Serve Maple-Glazed Green Beans to impress everyone at the dinner table.


Choose heavy, firm turnips with fresh-looking leaves. Avoid any turnips that look oversized or have blemishes and cuts.

Shopper Madison B. from Birmingham suggests:

“The smaller turnips have a better texture. You’ll also want to avoid any with divots or cuts and stay far away from shriveled skin!”

Try this Creamed Turnip & Greens recipe to add more veggies to your grocery list.

More fall produce favorites:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Cranberries
  • Pears
  • Squash

Can’t make it to the store? No worries – our shoppers will pick out the perfect fall produce for you. Get it delivered with Shipt!

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