Eating fresh local fruits and vegetables is often associated with the spring and summer months. But eating fresh and local doesn’t have to stop as soon as the first frost hits. Enjoying the different fruits and vegetables at their peak during the change of seasons can be very pleasurable and gratifying. By buying produce in season you will continue to help local farmers and ensure healthy dining for your family. Local produce is allowed to stay on the vine longer because it doesn’t have to be shipped from distant locations, and is far less likely to have been subjected to a barrage of toxic insecticides. After enjoying locally grown cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, peaches, berries and other produce the last several months, it’s now time to embrace fall and winter’s bountiful harvest of apples, mushrooms, pears, sweet potatoes, grapes and squash; just to mention a few. The list of possibilities for fresh produce this time of year is amazingly long and varied and will keep you and your family satisfied well into the next year!