"Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus
Fall has finally arrived, and with it come promises of pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, and many other seasonal delights. A great many of us like to ring in the holiday season with delicious desserts and celebration; others, such as myself, fight off the ever-shortening days and approaching winter blues with the very same. No matter which group you fall into, you can be sure that our pastry bakers have kept themselves busy concocting various treats to help put a smile on your face, along with crumbs and bits of chocolate.
One ingredient you can be sure to see a lot of in the coming months is pumpkin, which can be found in various pastries including pumpkin cheesecake, muffins, Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, pumpkin pies, and many other delights even the luckiest of pumpkins have only dreamt of being a part of until now. Many of these treats are available at this very moment, while others will find their way onto the sales floor in the coming weeks. Our pastry bakers have also been experimenting with various pumpkin-free foods, such as Lemon Cranberry Bread to compliment your breakfast, as well as our new spelt-based Cinnamon Chocolate Cookies for dessert. U-bake apple pies are also available in the Grab & Go to the right of the deli case, and mini-muffins will be available every Tuesday on the counter next to the deli register.
Expect to continue seeing local produce in our salads and hot bar items this month, such as potatoes, leeks, green and yellow onions, cabbage, tomatoes, kale, chard, arugula, and anything else we can find to sate your appetite. Harvest season is in full swing, but with the onset of colder weather it won't last much longer. Be sure to enjoy it while you can, or you may find yourself waiting another year before enjoying another farm-fresh tomato. Also be on the lookout for Chris' delicious Pumpkin Pot Pie, which will be making an appearance in the hot bar one last time this month. I've had the great pleasure of tasting it, and I can assure you that it's something you won't want to miss.
Every Saturday between 10 AM and 1 PM during the month of October, Jesica will be preparing various foods for you to try made from ingredients found in our bulk department. It is our hope that some of these dishes will inspire you to create your own meals, or simply give you a chance to try something you've never tasted before. In the future we hope to have volunteers to assist her in creating even more exciting dishes for your tasting pleasure, but in the meantime we recommend you stop by to say hello, enjoy some free samples, and let her know what you think.
That's all for this update, but I'll leave you with a fun fact: The common English name for arugula, rocket, is a corruption of the French name for the leafy green, known there as roquette.