Aah, the autumn harvest—a magical time of year when fresh, seasonal produce is gently pulled from the earth before winter freezes the bountiful land. Aubergine, winter greens (like collard, mustard, and turnip), sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, plums, and apples are at their peak.

Stop by your local farmer’s market or roadside stand to explore the abundant colors, tastes, and textures of autumn—and preserve these autumn fruits and vegetables before it’s too late. Store produce in a cool, dark place now, or freeze for quick-and-easy winter dishes later like butternut squash soup or a hearty veggie chili. For a taste of the sweeter side of fall, transform fruits into homemade jams, which also make great Christmas gifts or treats for hosts.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these recipes to warm your belly (and soul) all year long.