One of the many great reasons to look forward to fall is the variety of seasonal produce. From apples and pumpkins to yams and pomegranates, autumn offers a bounty of nutritious and delicious fruits and veggies.
To expand your options, consider exploring your local produce stand or farmer’s market. Not only can you support your friends and neighbors, but it can be a great outing for the whole family. Here are a few tips to make your trip successful and enjoyable:
- Bring your own bags. Many vendors may not offer bags, plus it’s more environmentally friendly to bring your own cloth or reusable bags.
- Have cash on hand. As small businesses, some stands may not have the option to accept credit cards.
- Prep a flexible list. Have an idea of what in-season items you’re looking for, but be prepared to change it up depending on what is available.
- Include the kids! Invite your kids to pick out a few new-to-them fruits or veggies to try; they’re more likely to be open-minded if they’re involved in the process.
- Look around. Depending on how large the market is, it may be helpful to peruse all of the stands before coming back to make your purchases.
- Chat with the farmers. You may get some ideas on how to best prepare the produce or learn more about the farm where it comes from.
Much of the produce available this season is high in fiber and full of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s versatile and easy to eat! Try some of these suggested recipes this fall:
Oven-roasted fall vegetables – This recipe features 5 delicious fall vegetables! Serve as a side dish or a vegetarian entrée.
Braised root vegetables and cabbage with fall fruit – Who would’ve thought that fruits and vegetables could be braised together?
Skillet bruschetta with beans and greens – This kale-dominated dish is as flavorful as it is easy to prepare. It only requires 25 minutes!
Baked apples – This quick and easy recipe is prepared in the microwave. It is delicious on its own as a sweet treat, or you can serve it over oatmeal or mix into pancakes.
Pumpkin Chili – Most pumpkin recipes are limited to sweet treats. This delicious recipe breaks the mold by offering a savory way to consume fall’s favorite vegetable.
Fig Almond No-Bake Energy Bites – Looking for a quick recipe for a portable healthy snack? This one takes only 15 minutes to prepare!
Cauliflower & Couscous Pilaf – Disregarded as a bland vegetable, cauliflower is often left off dinner menus. However, this recipe is delicious. It’s the perfect low-calorie side dish to warm your belly on a crisp fall evening.
Have fun picking, prepping and enjoying all the wonderful produce of the season!