Autumn in a Pint, Half-Gallon, or Peck

Autumn is in the air and calendar-wise just a few days away! The appearance of gourds, dried bouquets, and fall veggies makes this fact undeniable and in our opinion very exciting. Just in case you haven't yet sipped some apple cider and gazed upon a dried bouquet, here are some ways to get cozy with fall the market way!

There are still many fresh flower bouquets at market featuring some of our favorite flowers (Sunflowers! Dahlias! Celosia!), but many vendors have dried or everlasting bouquets in vibrant or earthy hues as well. Pick up dried strawflower and globe amaranth bouquets (shown below) from Stenrud Greenhouse and some earthy-hued dried bouquets from Frey Family Farm.  If you aren't looking for bouquets for your desk or table but have some porch or outdoor space you'd like to beautify, you can find mums in golden yellows and vibrant purples as well as hardy hibiscus at Link's Greenhouse.

Apples and apple cider may signal fall more than any calendar could!  Combine fall apples with the last blackberries of the season (Yang's Fresh Produce will have a few quarts for the next couple weeks!) in this delicious apple and blackberry crumble recipe. Or transform apple cider into the tastiest caramels!  Find apple cider in pints and half-gallons at Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard. Apples and cheese are an unlikely, but surprisingly good combo - try the pairing in this apple and sausage macaroni and cheese - the ultimate in comfort food!
You can find winter squash in all shapes, sizes, and colors at Wednesday Market.

Delicata squash is a long cylindrical squash with a creamy color and green stripes. And its skin is so tender you don't have to peel! Combine delicata squash with maple syrup in this recipe. Or try any of these 9 recipes to savor Kabocha squash. Kabocha squash is a Japanese squash that has the round shape of a pumpkin, but has a dark forest-green skin.

As always, don't forget to treat yourself! Molasses cookies are delicious anytime of year, but are particularly good paired with a pint of cold apple cider during the fall time. Find molasses cookies and snickerdoodles at Murphy Farms.