The flavours of fall

Photo credit: Millers Bay farm.
Posted on: October 20, 2017

Shannon Miller
Millers Bay Farm

Aren’t you glad we live in Canada!  There are so many reasons, but one of our favourites is the changing seasons.  That’s not only due to the fact that this business is a seasonal one, although we’re not going to lie — that definitely a big one. The happy thought we’re thinking right now though, is of the way that we feel like preparing and eating different types of foods each time we move into a new season.

Of course, when fall arrives, it’s all about the comfort foods.  Chilis, casseroles and soups rule the day.

What could be better than arriving home after a busy day to the aroma of the dinner that’s been simmering away in the crock pot?  Maybe we’re the only ones, but the whole day seems to go better when dinner is already planned (or made) when we leave the house in the morning.  Perhaps it’s the illusion it gives us that there is at least ONE part of our lives where we actually ‘have it together’!

What’s on the menu this week in your house?  How about soup?  Tangy tomato, creamy butternut squash, maybe a corn & vegetable chowder, or even a potato soup of some description?  Of course, it only makes sense to put together a nice, big batch.  Then you’ve got the next day’s lunch taken care of, and if it works out, some for the freezer as well.

More of a chili family, are you?  Turkey, beef, or perhaps a veggie option?  We like to play a little game when we make chili in our house.  It’s called “How many vegetables can we cram in here and have everyone still eat it?” If memory serves us correctly, the record is about 12.  

Speaking of cramming in vegetables, this is the time of year when the onset of winter can no longer be denied.  It is on its way.  But before that day comes, there are so many wonderful fresh, local vegetables still to be enjoyed.  This is the time to get your fill before freeze-up.  The squash crops this year are phenomenal.  If you choose carefully, you can store winter squash for several months in a cool, dry place.  The same goes for potatoes, onions and garlic too.  

Even if summer is your favourite season and you’re not thrilled to see it go, take heart.  Find your happy place in the beautiful season of fall.  Warm up that tummy with some tasty, healthy comfort foods and enjoy each day.  After all, as Virginia Woolf says, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”