Fall starts in September and this month means there’s a shift in the available seasonal produce. You may notice that certain farmers' markets begin to sell vegetables that are in abundance during the later part of the year. Pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes are some of the seasonal vegetables and fruits that you can expect to see in markets around the Lone Star State.

The pumpkin is the go-to ever-so versatile vegetable that you can put into gnocchi, muffins, and even pastas. This vegetable has a nutrient profile that helps with digestion, and red blood cell production, and bolsters the body’s immune system. Orchard farms around Texas also begin harvesting apples that are readily available fresh in the different farmer’s markets that dot the state. This versatile fruit can be used in desserts, sauces, and even part of your basting routine while you’re practicing your ham-making skills for the holidays. Apples, like plenty of other superfoods, are packed with nutrients that help in burning fat, improve digestion, and are filled with a good amount of nutrients. The hardy sweet potato is also in abundance every September and is a great staple if you’re looking for a good source of potassium.

Despite the dropping temperatures throughout the Lone Star State, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy hearty meals with your favorite fruits and vegetables. Meal-prepping for this month is still not difficult because there are heaps of produce still available at your local farmer's markets that are fresh and locally sourced.