As it goes, another summer has come and gone. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up and head inside for hibernation -- in fact, quite the contrary. We love staying outside despite the chillier weather. Grab your scarf, a jacket and a warm pair of socks (we recommend our collection using French angora wool) and head out! Here are our suggestions for some places to start. From here, the possibilities are endless!
Get To Your Local Farm
What’s an autumnal experience without the foods that define it? I have a longstanding tradition of driving to upstate New York every year with friends to pick apples and pumpkins, something we all look forward to for months before! Recently, I’ve been interested in the other fall flavors I hadn’t noticed as much before: root vegetables are readily available all the way through winter at farmer's markets whether you live in the country or the city, are relatively cheap, and can be used in a delicious myriad of ways (personally, I recommend this fabulous root vegetable gratin).
Get Your DIY On
The possibilities are endless for this one: do an arts and crafts project with leaves you gather from outside, make a wreath decoration for outside your home, or of course, carve a Jack-o-Lantern. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can embark on a couple of projects with what you get from the farm markets to preserve fall for the rest of the year to come: last season, I roasted, puréed, and froze a huge 12-pound pumpkin, leaving me enough to make pies and soup for the entire winter (and enough seeds to snack on for weeks). Home-brewed apple cider is another great option, which can be fermented for hard cider!
For the night owls and those who wait all year for Halloween, this is one that can’t be ignored! The haunted, nighttime upgrade to those corn mazes we tried to figure out as kids are a good start. There are even special houses, buildings and entire fields (yes, fields - here is one near my home town) set up with actors and scenarios to spook you throughout. Or if you’re looking for a bit of mystery, check out haunted sites within driving distance of where you live. Do this at your own risk though; you might be surprised to see how close some are!
Any suggestions that we might have missed? Let us know below!
~Ben LoPiccolo - Content Creator for Ozone Design