Favorite Fall Trends

Fall is here! Not only does fall bring warm, hearty meals on chilly autumn nights, it also brings our favorite fall food trends!

Did you know that many farmers’ markets are open well into the fall, and some even stretch into the winter? Visit your nearest farmers’ market for a harvest of local seasonal fruits and vegetables including apples, pumpkins, squash, gourds, and more! Talk with the farmers about the goods they offer. If you know your farmer, then you know your food!

Looking for a family outing? Head to your local pick-your-own farm with friends and family to pick fruits and veggies together.  Find a local pumpkin patch where you can select your pumpkin right off the vine! After carving, you can roast the pumpkin seeds for a healthy treat. 

Stay in and cook! Cooking at home allows you to save money and make healthy meals for yourself and your family. It’s a great way to spend time with your family and involve children in the kitchen. Use your farmers’ market produce when preparing your favorite fall dishes.

Experiment! Ever wondered what you could make with brussel sprouts? Or, acorn squash? How about spaghetti squash? Grab some seasonal fall produce and start experimenting! Give this delicious recipe a try this week:

Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Servings: 4


1 acorn squash (1-2 pounds)
4-6 apples, chopped
8-10 sprays of low- calorie butter spray
1 teaspoon ginger
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon brown sugar

1   1.  Wash whole squash. Pierce squash several times with fork. Place on paper towel and cook 6 minutes per pound in microwave on high.
2   2.  Cut squash in half and remove seeds.
3   3.  Cook apples in microwave for 5 minutes.
4   4.  Combine apples and remaining ingredients and mix. Fill each half of squash with apple mixture.
5   5.  Cook 2 minutes more on high power in microwave. Stir apples and cook another 2 minutes on high power.


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