I love the change from summer to fall – I grew up in an area where the change of seasons was quite dramatic. Fall was piles of brightly colored autumn leaves, apples, fresh cider and a definate cool, crisp feel to the air. So even though in Middle Tennessee we don’t have such chilly temperatures, it is a wonderful time to celebrate the past growing season and start to think about baking, warm drinks and burrowing in for the upcoming winter season.
The Autumn issue of Local Table is an exciting look at fall in Tennessee – fall fun at the farm, area apple orchards, local breweries and our area’s own expert at the ancient food preservation method of fermentation. The issue should hopefully be in most of the Metro distribution spots by Monday.
During the next few weeks, I’ll visit some local apple orchards and post my findings.
This weekend though is one of my favorite events of the year – the Annual Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Conference at Jeff Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm, www.barefootfarmer.com. It’s a 3 day festival of those who love to grow things, love to eat and just love to celebrate our simple and bountiful blessings. There are gardening workshops, farm tours and the most amazing food you’ll ever have – straight from the garden and prepared in the farm kitchen. The conference starts tomorrow, Fri., Oct. 2 and runs through Sun. Even if you just want to hang on the porch and enjoy the company, it’s a great way to spend a beautiful fall weekend in Tennessee.