The best of autumn’s bounty at farmers markets this fall

From warm soups to spicy dishes, here is a selection of fruit and vegetables to celebrate the fall season.

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The full-flavored kale

Not only is it one of the most nutritious vegetables, but kale is also extremely cold-hardy and available fresh at farmer's markets well into the colder months.

Native to Europe, kale is high in vitamins and extremely rich in calcium. Researchers have found it to be a potent superfood for reducing cholesterol and heart disease and improving bone health and digestion. It's also part of a healthy Mediterranean diet, which – good news! – will keep your brain from shrinking.

Looking for ideas? Kale pairs extremely well with fruit salad, soups and even baked eggs and corn.

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