Walking through the aisles of the grocery store, you would never know that produce grows seasonally. These days, fruits and veggies are shipped all over the world, regardless of climate the time of year. Want strawberries in the dead of winter? No problem. They can be brought in from parts of the planet with warmer climates. While it’s convenient to have everything our hearts desire, the planet pays a price. Shipping requires packaging and the transportation of the food produces emissions that are bad for the atmosphere and climate. Plus, we are supporting jobs in other countries instead of supporting our own farmers. But I have good news! Fall produce is on its way and by eating seasonally, you can protect the planet and eat tastier, fresher, locally grown foods.
What’s in Season in Fall?
It should come as no surprise that different foods grow during each season. Not only does the length of daylight change in the fall, but so does the amount of rain. By growing seasonal produce, farmers and gardeners take advantage of the adaptations that certain crops have to their environmental conditions.
Overall, Fall is the time of year when apples and pears become available again, as well as foods like acorn and butternut squash, pumpkins, radishes, onions, turnips, carrots and other root vegetables. To me, roasted root vegetables are the epitome of side dishes that are served in the Fall.
If you are unfamiliar with what grows in your region during the Fall season, there are lots of great online resources to help. Here are some of my favorites:
- Seasonal Food Guide from Sustainable Table
- Seasonal Food Clock from Eat the Seasons
- Regional Produce Guide from Field to Plate
Fall Produce Word Search for Kids
It’s never too early to teach the kids about real food. Being informed will allow them to make healthy food choices for the rest of their lives. This word search includes only a handful of the many types of fall produce available. While I LOVE summer fruit, I always look forward to fall veggies. I am a sucker for roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash. When it’s cold outside, I love how cozy I feel when I am eating a meal filled up with roasted vegetables. What are some of your favorite types of fall produce?
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