As I wrote about last year, summer may be one of the easiest times to eat seasonally because there is such a wide variety of fresh produce available to most of us. Fall, however, also offers plenty of tasty produce.
Think about it. Some of the most popular fresh foods are fall favorites: sweet potatoes, apples, and winter squash like acorn and butternut squash. Although we don’t often think of eating them except for in pies, pumpkins are also part of the winter squash family.
Here are a few simple ways to incorporate the foods of autumn into the busy holiday season and to slow down and enjoy them.
Lastly, one of the best things about autumn is that it is apple season. So go and pick apples. If you don’t have a local farm or farm trail, how about picking from a friend or neighbor’s fruit tree? Or, if you are on vacation, check for local farms near you or near your vacation spot.
Once you get those fresh apples home, make an easy simmered fall punch. Combine 2 cups apple juice, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 or 3 cloves. Simmer on the stove for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove cloves before serving.