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5 Favorite Fall Traditions

  • Alternately, forget the decorating and go and pick apples. Since many pick-your-own farms are organic, you can pick your apples without worrying about pesticides. You can check the Pick Your Own site to search to see if there is one near you.

But, if you don’t live near any farms, there are also plenty of apple festivals going on across the United States and Canada. Check out Pick Your Own’s Festival Page to find one near you.

  • Attend a fall, harvest, pumpkin, or Halloween festival. Even those living in metropolitan areas can usually find a seasonal celebration. Depending on where you live, in many regions these events represent some of the last outdoor festivals before the winter starts. To find a pumpkin festival or a giant pumpkin weigh-off event near you, check out Pumpkin Nook.
  • Speaking of pumpkins, visit a pumpkin patch, or, if you are lucky enough to live near one, a farm with pumpkins. Many have wagon rides, corn mazes and harvest festivals, and even their own pumpkin weigh-offs.
  • Lastly, go and visit your local farmers’ market to see the changes in the seasonal produce. For those people who live in a completely urban area, this may be one of the few ways you can get those farm fresh apples and apple cider, or even a farm fresh pumpkin. Plus, finding out what’s in season will help you plan for your favorite fall casseroles, soups, or apple and pumpkin dishes.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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4:37AM PST on Jan 19, 2014


4:33AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

thank you for sharing

12:58PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

3:31PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Fall is a very fun time of year!

6:14AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks for these wonderful Autumn ideas, inspiring - all to try.

8:35AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Corn mazes are fun!

2:53AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012


5:02PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

fall is very colorfula nd beautiful.....our big fall thing is apple-picking at a local farm (pumpkins, too, if our home garden doesn't grow them well).....

2:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I've picked the last of the beans and marrows. For the last eleven years we've helped out at our CAMRA beer and cider festival, which is held at the local cricket club, during the last weekend in September. Otherwise, what I do is put the thicker curtains up. (Temperature today in our living room is 18.1c)

6:11PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Going to a Cider Mill with my daughter for cider cooked hot dogs and other apple related goodies!

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