I think one of the reasons I love fall so much is the fact that it’s so fleeting. It seems like that perfect period of time when the weather is still comfortable and the trees are still vibrant with colour goes by in the blink of an eye. So I’m trying to soak up autumn as much as I can. Here’s how I’m enjoying fall in Burlington right now:
Apple picking at Applevale Orchards
A few weekends ago I dragged JZ to go apple picking with me at a local orchard because it’s one of my favourite fall activities. I like Applevale because it’s not an entertainment farm that charges up the wazoo to just enter its property. It’s simple and to the point: just pay for your desired size of bag, and go pick apples. We picked a huge bag of Macintosh apples that have been great for snacking on. I’m also hoping to go back soon to get some Golden Delicious apples for applesauce and apple crisp!
Hiking at Dundas Valley Conservation Area
Fall is the ideal time for hiking in my opinion. The temperatures are just right, and you really can’t beat the views! Dundas Valley is just a short drive away from Burlington, so my friend Andrea and I decided to check it out one afternoon. We hiked the Main Loop, which took us about 1.5 hours (including a 10 minute period where we got lost). But you could seriously stay there and hike all day on its various trails while taking in its gorgeous views:
Fall treats at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe
Before our hike we stopped for a treat at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, which always has amazing fall goodies (and nut free too!). I went for their ginger molasses cookie since it was one I’d never tried before. I’ve also had their pumpkin chocolate chip muffin and pumpkin scone which are both delicious.
Comfort food at West Plains Bistro
As soon as fall hits, I’m hit with cravings for comfort food! Which is why my home cooked dinners lately have consisted of casseroles, risotto, pasta, and stew. I also recently had a fantastic beef bourguignon at West Plains Bistro with the most tender beef! Served over shallot infused mashed potatoes and enjoyed with a glass of Merlot, it was comfort food at its finest.
Lattes at Tamp Coffee Co
This is my and JZ’s favourite coffee shop! There’s a little seating nook there that’s the best place to hang out for a few hours on a chilly fall day with one of Tamp’s pumpkin lattes (which, FYI, are eons better than the pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks!).
Fall produce at the Burlington Mall farmers market
Fall to me means one thing: squash! I go nuts for all the great squash at the farmers market. A few years ago you could mostly just find butternut, buttercup, and acorn squash but these days I’m finding all sorts of different varieties like delicata, hubbard, kabocha. It’s awesome! I also love the Brussels sprouts, leeks, potatoes, parsnips, and carrots this time of year too. They’re perfect for using in all my comfort food cooking. Oh, and let’s not forget The Cheese Man’s stand – because comfort food requires cheese, am I right?
Speaking of comfort food, I’ll be busy cooking, eating, and enjoying Thanksgiving this weekend, so I won’t be posting again until mid next week. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!
How are you enjoying fall where you live?