While summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables is hard to beat, fall offers plenty of tasty produce. Think about it, fall’s biggest holiday, Thanksgiving, centers around food. Maybe that’s why some of the most popular fresh foods are fall favorites including sweet potatoes, apples, and winter squash like acorn and butternut squash. Although we don’t often think of eating them except for in pies, pumpkins are also part of the winter squash family.
Here are some upcoming events throughout the United States that celebrate the wide variety of fresh fall foods and some of the season’s favorite beverages made with this fresh produce.
For me, one of the best things about autumn is that it is apple season. In many regions, you can pick apples through the end of November. If you are lucky enough to be in one of these areas, go and pick apples. If you don’t have a local farm or farm trail, how about picking from a friend or neighbor’s fruit tree? Or, if you are on vacation, search for local farms near you or near your vacation spot.
Apples also make great cider and in recognition of this, Franklin County, Massachusetts is hosting its 17th Annual Franklin County Cider Days, a two-day event that celebrates all things cider and includes cider making and tastings of both fresh and hard cider, as well as fresh apples and orchard tours.
If you are a wine lover and in Southern California like I am, you can check out the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association’s 21st Annual Harvest Wine Celebration. The two-day event celebrates the end of harvest season. Over 30 wineries are open for wine tasting complimented with wine-friendly foods.
Are you in Wisconsin? Do you love cheese? Then you might want to head over to Madison for the Wisconsin Cheese Originals Annual Festival. This three-day event kicks off with small-group tours of local cheese makers and dairy farms and continues with farmers’ market tours, seminars, and tastings paired with wine and beer and a chance to meet and greet your favorite cheese makers.
And, are you wondering what to do with that halloween pumpkin once the day is over? Consider tossing it as a contestant in Delaware’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin. This light-hearted event has become very popular and features plenty of innovative science and engineering based ideas on launching those pumpkins the furthest. But, despite the fun, the proceeds from the event go to support local non-profit community and youth agencies as well as scholarships.
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