Fall is officially here! With the new season comes a whole new array of fresh, in season fruits and vegetables. If you’ve been to your local farmer’s market or grocery store lately, you will have noticed the disappearance of corn in place of beautiful pumpkins and squash. A great way to involve your children in the excitement of the new season is with this scavenger hunt, just like the one we did for the summer!

Take your child to the market and involve them in the purchasing process by having them locate the various fruits and vegetables on the printable card above. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn the different benefits coming from their produce as well. The more your children are involved in the process of their food, the more willing they will be to taste them!

Many of these delicious fall produce items can be made into baby food with ease!

Brussels Sprouts:

Heat oven to 350F. Cut off end and any loose leaves and then cut in half. Place Brussels sprouts in a rimmed baking sheet and add a few tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix up with your hands and roast until fork tender - about 30-40 minutes. Cut them up into small enough pieces for your baby to chew or puree them in your food processor!

Acorn Squash:

Approximately 1 lb of squash (one small one)

Cooking spray

1 tbs of water or breastmilk/formula (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and membrane. Place the squash inside down in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Using a fork, poke the outer surface of the squash multiple times, creating many holes. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Allow squash to cool for 15 minutes. Remove cooked squash and puree. Puree until smooth, adding 1 tbs or more of desired ingredient to achieve proper consistency.

Produce shopping this fall is sure to be fun! Enjoy your lovely, in-season finds!

 

Written by: Chloe Cerino

 

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