In Season: Fall Produce

Fruits and Vegetables Available in Autumn

As summer transitions into fall, a different crop of produce steals the in-season spotlight. Fall fruits and vegetables are on the menu and readily available just about anywhere you look (and shop).

Enjoy Local Flavor

Your neighborhood grocery store may stock local produce, but anything that seems out of place for your area could be out of season and brought to you from a land far away. Storing and shipping strips produce of quality. For optimal taste, select locally grown fruits and vegetables if you choose to shop for in-season produce at the grocery store.

A farmers’ market is one of the best places to find local produce at the peak of freshness. Think of it as a grocery store specializing in what you could grow in your own backyard. Farmers’ markets display locally grown fruits and vegetables from either farms or home gardens, and they typically run only one day a week from spring to fall. With that said, now’s the time to make the most of this resource before the winter frost sets in!

Find a farmers’ market in the Chicago area.

Another means for conveniently enjoying local flavor is through community-supported agriculture (CSA), where you can have produce boxed for pickup or sent to you from a farm close by. CSA programs begin in the spring and summer months and last until the crops do in your area.

Find a CSA in the Chicago area.

Grab these fruits and vegetables in season where you live for a nutritious treat you won’t want to pass up:


  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Pomegranates
  • Quince


  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin
  • Shallots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash

Try a few fall recipes using fresh produce: