Fall is in the air, and I love it. The cool, crisp nights, and the changing color on the foliage are a treat from nature this time of year.
The farmers market I help manage will be wrapping up its season this afternoon. In fact, most farmers’ markets in my area will be closing for the season in the coming weeks.
But fall offers other ways for shoppers to connect with local farmers.
Many communities still offer fall harvest festivals, with cookouts music and other activities. Farms nearby to many urban areas have added agritourism as a part of their operation. You can likely find a nearby farm offering a corn maze, hay-rides, and other activities.
It’s likely that there may be a nearby farm offering a pumpkin patch where your kids can wander through the field to select the perfect Jack ‘o Lantern.
If you head out to any of these types of events, be sure to look up the farmer who owns the place. I’m sure they would love to tell you about their farm. It’s a great way to get out and get a sense of the connection that farmers have with the land, and with their customers.
Winter is coming. Take advantage of the great fall season.