Cooking with In Season Produce

Fall is here, which means there’s a new lineup of in-season produce. Planning meals with in-season produce is a great way to introduce your kids to new foods, try new recipes, and save a few dollars along the way (in-season produce is usually on sale!).

If your child is on the picky side, you can try to make trying new foods fun by giving her the option to choose five new foods to try each season. Print out a list of the in-season foods, or even better, print out pictures of the produce items, and let your child choose the ones to try. Giving them this controlled choice might make them more excited to try the new food when the time comes. You might even pick a few items that you haven’t tried yourself! Why not make it a family effort to try new, in-season foods for the first time? If you’re not sure where to start, start with the list below!

In-Season Fall Produce

Fall Fruits

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Raspberries

Fall Vegetables

  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Ginger
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes & Yams
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

See what produce is in-season the rest of the year.

We went ahead and rounded up some delicious recipes that feature these fall fruits and vegetables. If you decide to try a produce item listed below, be sure to make one of the recipes in its category. There are so many ways to prepare foods, so if your child doesn’t like roasted beets, he might like beets in a breakfast smoothie!


Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Fruit Salad

Maple Cranberry Chicken


Savory Mango Pilaf with Cashews

Fresh Mango Salsa

Mango Crumb Bars


Beet Fries

Roasted Beet Hummus

Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies


Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Romesco

Gluten-Free Lemon Cake


Mashed Rutabagas

Scalloped Rutabagas with Parsley

What new recipes will your family be trying this season?