Families can enjoy the smell of the crisp autumn air, the colors and crunch of the falling leaves, warm snuggly sweaters, and most of all, fall comfort foods. 

When the weather gets cooler a thick and hearty soup or stew , a spicy casserole or crock pot meal is an easy lunch or dinner. Fall is time to try crisp autumn apples, sweet potatoes and yams.  Salads of fall greens sprinkled with cranberries or a beautifully stuffed squash adds to your family meal.

What better way to spend a bit of time with your family than walking through your local farmers market or visiting a favorite farm stand? Use our "What's in Season?" guide to plan your shopping adventure and help you determine which of your favorite fruits and veggies are available this fall.  Download and print the Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt and have fun exploring your market. Have you never been to a farmers’ market? No problem.  Visit Maryland Department of Agriculture’s 2023 Maryland Farmers Market Directory to find a local market near you and the days and times they are open. When you get your produce home, store your fresh fruit and vegetables correctly to keep them fresh and make them last longer.  Thoroughly wash your produce under running water just before you eat it. For a few helpful tips check out our Fall Harvest at the Market brochure.   

What’s on your family’s menu this fall? Try some of these fall favorites.

funding statement logo

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP in cooperation with Maryland’s Department of Human Services and University of Maryland Extension. University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.