It’s sad to see summer go, but exciting to see autumn on the near horizon! Take your little one to a local harvest celebration!
Autumn – The mornings bring a crisp chill to the air and the days grow shorter. Geese make their V-formations across the sky, honking their brief goodbyes as I watch from below. The leaves, no longer green, are turning red, gold and brown, as cute little squirrels dive through them in search of nuts to store for the winter.
I’m a bit wistful at the thought of losing those warm Summer days. Picnics on the lawn, grandkids running through sprinklers, backyard barbecues, and even sunburns. The outdoor life has become my constant state of being. I love it. With my adventurous spirit fed by the warmth of Mr. Sun, I live with abandoned. But I realize that there is a season for everything….
I say goodbye to Summer and turn to the farm stands and pumpkin patches, carnivals, and petting pens. I get excited about the smell of corn-on-the-cob slathered in butter, caramel apples all gooey with goodness, and crunchy popcorn balls.
They all shout the word….Autumn!
It’s time to celebrate the harvest after a long Summer. With my grandson in tow, we take to the road and head east along the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River, where Draper Girls Country Farm is located 10 miles out of town. Large orchards of dwarf fruit trees from cherry, apple, and pear to prune, nectarine and peaches are available for U-pick. In the center is a large farm stand to purchase fresh local produce. The farm specializes in non-pasteurized apple cider freshly pressed right on the farm. Home-made local jams and jellies look delicious lined neatly on shelves.
Brilliant Dahlias raise their tall stalks skyward, nurtured by the sun’s warm glow.
Who doesn’t love the country life? Pears and apples for a tasty sauce or butter…colorful crisp peppers sure to feed your body with healthy vitamins.
A farm stand must have a place to pet the animals. These goats acted like little court jesters with their bouncing personalities and inquisitive eyes. They provided a lot of entertainment to our afternoon at the farm.
Stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams can be enjoyed while picnicking in the garden.
We found just the right pumpkins to set out for Halloween, tasted apple cider, picked out some peaches for the ride home, and picnicked by the garden. A day on the farm left us with a sense of wholeness, goodness, and richness that would be sorely lacking if we had not taken the time.
How will you celebrate Autumn? Will you find a carnival nearby, a country fair or a farmstand to sample the tasty and colorful fruits of the land? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.