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Farm-Fresh Autumn Supper

Farm-Fresh Autumn Supper
This menu celebrates the bounty of the fall harvest, with recipes that highlight farm-fresh ingredients. Visit a farmers' market, where you will find bins brimming with just-picked fruits and vegetables, including crisp apples, plump butternut squash and colorful persimmons; many markets also offer locally produced meats, cheeses and jams. Then head home to prepare this delicious supper for family and friends.

Begin with bruschetta topped with fig jam, a dollop of ricotta cheese and thin slices of prosciutto. Next on the menu: a simple salad of oakleaf lettuce and frisée tossed with wedges of persimmon, pomegranate seeds and crunchy hazelnuts. The main course features a garlic-studded pork shoulder braised with root vegetables and apples. For a vegetarian alternative, try our kerchief pasta with caramelized squash and fresh herbs. End the meal with apple-cheddar pie; our unique twist on the traditional recipe calls for blending white cheddar cheese into the piecrust.