Fresh Fall Produce

Fall is officially here! I love all the beautiful trees, crunching leaves, pumpkins, and coffee treats but I hate saying goodbye to the local farmer’s market. This Saturday, October 25th, is the last Kiwanis Farmer’s Market of 2014. I have been wondering, what produce is still fresh this late in the season?pumpkin

Apples: Fall is the BEST season for apple picking, whether you’re headed out to a farm to pick  yourself or grabbing a bag from a local farmer already picked.

Squash: Acorn, butternut, delicata, and more. All squash is still growing  from this summer right now. Squash is used a lot in the fall for home decorating, fall soups, and as a healthy alternative to spaghetti. I love spaghetti squash and I love how easy it is to make! Try it for dinner sometime soon.

Mushrooms: When I think of these weird little fungi, I squirm. I have never been a fan of the mushroom, but my dad is the biggest fan and I have learned to live with it if mushrooms are in a recipe. You can still find them at local markets and make interesting dishes.

PUMPKINS: My biggest guilty pleasure of the fall is anything that has pumpkin in the ingredients list. Pumpkin has its seasonal popularity because of the large amount that are being produced during fall months. We use pumpkins to carve, decorate with, pumpkin dips and soups, or make the most delicious baked seeds to snack on.

Go support your local Farmer’s Market! Even though temperatures are lower, you can still find fresh produce for a wonderful price that is locally grown. Introduce yourself to the farmer and get to know where your food comes from. Not only is it more enjoyable, you may also make a lifelong friendship!

Xoxo, Rachel

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