Fall Fare

I love autumn. It’s the time of the year when the last of the summer crops are joined by a whole new display of fall foods. Abundance. Yes, fall is a time of abundance with that little whisper from nature reminding us to plan for colder days ahead. I love local produce but a want to enjoy it year round, so this is the time of year when I start collecting and storing it for later.

For me the season is all about squash and apples.

I must admit I am a winter squash fanatic. Every year I buy every cultivar I can and arrange them in front of my fireplace. These works of art are full of flavor and nutrition that I’ll enjoy long past harvest. I cook them in every dish imaginable, from savory to sweet: pies, tarts, cakes, salads, soups and stews, all tasty winter squash treats.

Apples hold the same charm for me. My mother always looked forward to the time of year when she got what she referred to as “real” apples. With apples, the pleasure is not just the purchasing and eating but the trip to the local orchard to get them. Those trips were a time to enjoy the landscape and enjoy each other’s company, too.

September

Apples, basil, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, summer squash, cantaloupe, carrots, plums

October

Apples, winter squash, potatoes, spinach, kale, collards, beets, Brussels sprouts, onions, broccoli, corn

November

Winter squash, apples, leeks, cabbages, potatoes, hardy greens, carrots, beets