Topic of the Month - Outdoor Fall Activities

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Minnesota in the Fall!

Yes, the perfect season is upon us! Not only is it sweater weather, Sundays filled with football games, crock pot chili dinners and all things pumpkin, it’s also the best backdrop for getting your crew outside!

Without a moments notice you’ve packed a lightweight checkered blanket, filled the red thermos with hot cocoa and a few picnic friendly snacks. 

Here's a few things you can do that will help you embrace the brisk autuamn beauty.

Agritourism

Once the days start to shorten, it's the call for harvesting festivals. If you check the fantastic website Minnesota Grown, you'll be able to find local farms that open up their property for the harvest. You-pick-'em apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes are draws, but you'll find tons of added value with concerts, hayrides, and much more. Search for harvest events near you, but here's a short list that are near us:

 

Since you'll be stocked-up on some fall favorites, here's a quick harvest recipe that is easy and delicious:

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 15 oz pureed pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • .5 tsp cloves
  • .25 tsp ginger

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour 3 bread pans
  2. Mix pumpkin, eggs, oil, water & sugar until well blended. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, & ginger.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
  5. Pour into pans
  6. Bake for 50 minutes
  7. Use the toothpick test to see if they're done. 
  8. Remove, let cool, slice, and serve. 

See the Season Changing

Of course, with the cooler weather comes the changing of leaves color. Minnesota's forests are primed to burst with oranges, reds, and yellows. In some northern areas, they're already under change! MN DNR has a leaf color change map that will give you a guideline for when colors are expected to change. 

While you're out snapping pics, the weather is perfect for geocaching, tree ID hikes, and maybe even a little biking. While you're out, the sky's the limit! 

 

 

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