You feel it with the crispness in the air, hear it with the rustle of dried leaves, and smell it with nutmeg and cinnamon – fall has arrived! The fall season signals the close of the heat of summer and allows the Earth to ready itself for winter. Fall is also a great time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather. Everyone has their own way of celebrating the fall and in this week’s blog, the team at BRG shares how they get out and enjoy!
Bonnie: What I love most about fall is the crisp breezy weather. Turn off the air conditioners and open the windows to let the fresh air in! I enjoy going out in a cozy sweatshirt and I try not to think about the cold winter that’s coming in a few short months. While summer happens to be my favorite season, I do love the fall as well.
Connie: Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp air and being able to leave the windows open for some fresh air. I find it to be the perfect weather for running, which is my favorite outdoor activity. The color of the leaves changing also makes for beautiful scenery during long hikes (my 2nd favorite outdoor activity). I also enjoy football, so I really look forward to football Sundays!
Jennifer: I love the fall weather. I remember pumpkin and apple picking with my mom and grandma and how our family bond was strengthened with those outings. With my mom living out-of-state, my husband and I have started new traditions. We love sitting snuggled under a cozy blanket by the fire pit in my yard, toasting marshmallows and enjoying pumpkin ale.
Renee: I love getting outside and enjoying the brisk air. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so I enjoy everything associated with it, too. Pumpkin picking and carving, decorating my house, and getting my Halloween costume planned and ready. I also love pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING so this is definitely one of my favorite times of the year.
Chris: Football! Football is my favorite sport and baseball is my least favorite so the fact that football is starting and baseball is ending is great. I do also enjoy the weather change. I’m fairly active so I like to get out and do more outdoor physical activities while enjoying the crisp morning air. And who doesn’t love a Pumpkin Spice Latte?!
There are tons of fun family activities to partake in during the cooler fall weather, too. Back to school doesn’t mean family outings have to end!
- Hiking is a great way to get in some exercise while enjoying the outdoors and the lovely fall foliage. You’ll be amazed at how many local trails there are to try! Pick one that fits your fitness level and set goals to try some more challenging ones as your fitness level increases.
- Apple and pumpkin picking are activities families can bond over, as Jennifer mentioned. Not only do you get to spend time outside, but you get to go home and create delicious recipes with your fresh produce. You can roast apples by simply removing the core, sprinkling with cinnamon, and roasting for about 5 minutes. And save the pumpkin seeds from your jack-o-lanterns! Lightly salt them and roast them for about 20 minutes until they’re toasty brown.
- Click here for 8 Creative Ways to Use those apples you picked.
- Farmer’s Markets are a great way to support local growers. Fall vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients and buying them locally ensures they are at their peak of freshness. Some in-season fall vegetables to try are:
- Acorn squash
- Brussels sprouts
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potatoes
However you decide to celebrate the close of summer, there are plenty of new things you can try so get out there and fall for all those autumn activities!
Your Turn to Take Action: What’s your favorite fall activity and food? Let me know in the comments below!