Autumn Harvest


Autumn is a beautiful time of year!
As we start to see the hues of reds, yellows and oranges tint the trees this fall, we should also notice a shift in what food items are now more readily available to us. For those who don’t necessarily realize what might be in season in our own areas, there are resources that can help us with this! One site, Seasonal Food Guide, allows you to input your state and time of year and it will give you a list of produce that is in season.

Shopping seasonally is one way to support local farmers in your area as well as ensure that you are consuming fresh produce at the peak of ripeness. This is when the produce has the highest concentration of nutrients and is also at its most flavorful. In the fall in Massachusetts, there are a number of delicious produce options to choose from that are in season. Some examples include apples, arugula, Brussels sprouts, leeks, pears, and winter squash.

Winter squash is a category all its own, and a favorite of many New Englanders! Its name is misleading as it is actually harvested in the fall, but can be stored for the winter. Some varieties that you may have noticed in your grocery store lately include acorn, delicata, kabocha, butternut, and spaghetti squash. These foods are rich in vitamin A, B-6, C, potassium, fiber, and also heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. For an easy preparation of acorn squash, simply cut it into thin rings and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper, or try an Indian spice blend for a spicy kick!

Check out the complete recipe and start enjoying autumn’s bountiful harvest during this beautiful season.

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