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Nutrition

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).

Eat With the Seasons

“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,” says Jo Cessna, a certified nutrition expert at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Leishman Center for Culinary Health. “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. Now’s the time to make the most of farmers markets, before the winter frost sets in.

For optimal taste, select locally grown fruits and vegetables.
— Jo Cessna, certified nutrition expert

Find a farmers market near you.

Here’s what’s in season this fall:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Pomegranates
  • Plums (good late summer)

Vegetables

  • Leeks
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin
  • Shallots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash