Flavors of the season.


Fall is my favorite season of the year, even though it is the gateway to the colder weather which I don’t really mind, but the ice and snow which I absolutely detest.  Among my favorite Fall things are the harvest décor, the beautiful colors and even the crackling of the leaves as you scuff through them on the sidewalk.

Once Labor Day has passed, most of the art fairs and outdoor concerts have been replaced with harvest craft fairs, trips to the cider mill and pumpkin patch, or stopping by farmers markets to get their best offerings of homegrown fruits and veggies.

Since our house has always been a country/Early American theme, we used to hit several craft shows for harvest and holiday décor each Fall.  The local churches, Crystal Gardens Banquet Center and Henry Ford Community College had some great craft fairs and we got many country holiday collectibles through the years.

When it came to scouting out those tasty beefsteak tomatoes and other Fall veggies or fruits, my mom and I used to take a Sunday drive to Kurtzals’ Farms, which, back in the day was just a large, flat wagon parked out on the corner of Sibley and Inkster Roads. That wooden wagon was loaded with a bounty of produce and big bouquets of sunflowers, all which you could buy for a song.  We also tried to get out to Apple Charlies for donuts and cider at least once each Fall.

Nowadays, since the Lincoln Park Farmers Market is so close, you can get the flavors of the growing season every Sunday from June through October.  Today, after I did my laps at Council Point Park, I decided to stop by the market, and it happened to be the Harvest Festival today.  The market was infused with a real Fall feeling.  In this lot at the corner of Southfield and Fort was harvest décor to enhance your landscape, plus a corn roast and pumpkin painting for the kids.  They had beautiful mums in all colors, corn stalks and pumpkins, crafts, plus their usual produce and sweet treats like honey, jam, jellies and baked goods, all hauled in and displayed by local farmers and creative vendors.

After that trip to the Harvest Festival, perhaps now I’m convinced that Fall is finally hovering out there within reach after all.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to Flavors of the season.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………it sounds like I missed a real good thing not knowing ahead of time about the Lincoln Park Farmers lot with all of its harvest produce …………………it sounded nice


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Hi Ann Marie – The Lincoln Park Farmers Market has several different events a year, including a holiday fair for Christmas, but I think that event takes place at the Kennedy Memorial Building and is inside where they have Fantasyland, if I’m not mistaken. I believe they set up in the space that Fantasyland occupies, just before they set up for Fantasyland. They also have a plant exchange and that draws a lot of people as well. But they do have many fruits, veggies and homemade goodies like fruit breads, cookies, jams/jellies, honey from different farmers or vendors. They make kettle-popped popcorn on site, and sell that as well. In the Fall, the Market always has a lot of crafters with Halloween decorations set up at the tables. I will tell you next time there is a big event like this one.


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