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3 Simple Ways To Enjoy Fall’s Fresh Food

3 Simple Ways To Enjoy Fall’s Fresh Food

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.

Since fall is the start of the holiday entertaining season, why not make your guests this easy and delicious cheese spread in a winter squash or this yummy maple roasted acorn squash.

Fall is the time for soup, so why not add some fresh vegetables to your dinner menu by making an easy and rich homemade soup like this roasted squash soup or a harvest squash and sweet potato soup.

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.

Great resources for finding local farms, farm trails, farmer’s markets and all fresh food is Local Harvest or the Eat Well Guide.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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5:50PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Nice punch recipe.

4:27AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Yummy thanks.

1:08PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Some great recipe ideas,thank you.

11:57PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thank you!

8:56AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:56PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you for the information

9:25PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you :)

12:39AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

ty

3:50PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:51AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thank you

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