Pumpkin Buys and Apple Pies – Fall is Here!

Bring on the sweaters, pumpkins, and apple cider. This Tuesday, September 22, is the official first day of Fall! Read on for some of our favorite fall festivities and foods!

There are so many cozy and fun ways to celebrate the season, one of which is a visit to the pumpkin patch! It’s the perfect family activity for cool autumn Saturdays.

Pick pumpkins, get lost (and found) in a corn maze, go mini golfing, and feast on fall food! There are tons of U-pick farms around the Seattle area, and many opened this weekend. Check out this list of farms to find one to visit soon!

Fall also brings a new produce haul. The autumn months are prime time for fresh fruits like apples, pears, and citrus. New crops galore! In-season veggies to look out for include Brussel sprouts, pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes.

Nothing hits the spot quite like a homemade fall dish, especially when it’s made with fresh produce. There is no shortage of ways to incorporate fall staples like pumpkin and apples into every meal of the day. Check out our apple blog for some of our favorite everyday apple recipes.

Speaking of pumpkin… We all know that fall means pumpkin spice everything. Whether you’re cooking at home, buying snacks at the store, or drinking coffee, there are so many ways to enjoy the flavors of fall.

Have no shame in your pumpkin obsession. Fresh pumpkin actually offers numerous health benefits!

Pumpkins have countless vitamins and antioxidants to keep you healthy for all of your football watching, baking, crafting, and bon-firing this season.

Pumpkins are super rich in Vitamin A, a nutrient that promotes healthy eyes and boosts the immune system. According to the USDA, half a cup of raw pumpkin will provide 280% of your daily recommended serving of Vitamin A. But wait, there’s more! Among other nutrients, pumpkin is also a great source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and calcium.

Packaged pumpkin goods don’t have to be unhealthy either! Your favorite healthy snacks probably already have a seasonal fall or pumpkin flavor. Here are some of our favorites that you may even find in your home and office snack boxes this season:

Recipe 33 Cinnamon Vanilla Almonds
Vanilla, spice, and everything nice. These almonds from our local partner, Recipe 33, are the perfect balance of healthy and cozy.

Kind Bars, Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice
Trust us, you need this snack bar in your life. With a mix of two fall classics– caramel and pumpkin spice– it’s like a fall festival in every bite.

Greek Yogurt
Many of the yogurt brands you love make a seasonal flavor just for you pumpkin lovers out there. Some of our favorites are both Siggi’s and Chobani’s versions of Pumpkin & Spice, as well as Light & Fit’s Caramel Apple Pie.

Is your mouth watering yet? We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to get snacking. Whether you love the pumpkin spice craze or not, we wish you an a-maze-ing autumn and delicious fresh eats!