The trees are showing tinges of red and yellow, and tomatoes are no longer burdening the branches of your garden stalks. Fall is here! Bring on the pumpkin flavored goodies, hayrides, and apple picking! Fall brings a special spirit and a new list of delicious, in season fruits and veggies to fill your fridge.
We all know the benefits of eating locally – you can support your local farmers, do your part to negate excess transportation and pesticide use, and get the freshest, healthiest foods for your table. For most of us in the U.S., autumn foods include corn, squash, and apples, to name just a few; and there are a plethora of fun and tasty recipes to try. Check out this seasonal food guide, organized by state, to see what foods are ripe in your state. Then, do your best to stick to the list when you’re at the grocery store. Don’t be tempted by the pineapples and strawberries that are miraculously available year round.
Go a step further and visit your local farmers market or sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Local Harvest is a great resource for finding the best market near you and they also have the option to sign up for a CSA or a mail order program for fresh produce from organic farmers.
If you’re mourning the end of your lush summer garden, Gardener’s Supply Company has some great resources to get you over the loss of this season and ready for a great spring 2012. Check out tips for extending the current season, preserving your summer harvest, and how to start an indoor garden.