This is the time of year when we start getting excited about the much cooler, crisp weather (although it’s a record breaking 92 degrees today, but it’s Chicago, so it would not be surprising to see that plummet down to frosty temps by nightfall). As the weather and leaves change, we habitually honor the Midwest tradition of putting on a plaid shirt and taking the family out to visit the orchards and pumpkin farms. It does seem like every year, the pumpkin farms acquire new entertainment and larger attractions for the kids. When we first started going, the excitement was in the apple cider donuts and picking a pumpkin to carve. Now we’re feeding giraffes carrots, thrilled by a pumpkin dinosaur, and riding a legit train around the farm with talking skeletons that dance.
When we come home with bushels of apples, and pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes, we need to find creative ways to use them in the kitchen. It just seems right to bake in the fall, like the season calls for it and the seasonal fruit is meant to be in a pie or strudel of some sort. The scents of warm milk and cinnamon are a sweet reminder of the season that we love.
The orchard harvest is a special time full of traditions. It reminds us of friendsgiving parties, kids in red wagons, wearing fair isle sweaters, and planting pumpkins and gourds. It’s a sweet little reminder of a season we love, creating warm fall memories with our families.
Feeling inspired by all of these new fall days to come, we rounded up some kitchen goodies, recipes, and tools for a lovely orchard harvest of your own.
Here’s a few recipes for fun fall drinks:
And a few other recipes to try:
Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage – We had this last night and it was delicious!