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Harvest Fair and Changing Seasons

Posted Oct 10 2011 2:26pm

 

Last week fall finally visited us with the first rain of the season.  While I know that by February I’ll be completely sick of the slick roads, damp socks, and drying my dog’s feet off every time he comes in and out of the house, right now I love the rain.  I lit candles, pulled out my warmer clothes, and felt the need to make soup.  It’s really quite amazing the different food your body desires when the weather changes. 

 

Another sign that the seasons are changing: the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.  Held annually I have fond childhood memories of visiting the petting zoo, entering art into the art show, and tasting freshly pressed Gravenstein Apple juice but never as an adult.  While we didn’t visit the grand pavillion where we had the option of tasting over 120 different wines (next year) I did spend some time in the food sample area tasting treats such as the most delicious habanero sauces and local goat cheese

 

There was also a contest for the largest pumpkin. 

 

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Some of the award winners.

 

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And what would a Sonoma County fall Harvest be without apples.  After this apple tasting I have plans in the near future to go apple picking.

 

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Dinner was light after all the cheese I sampled: Butternut Squash Risotto from Cooking Light (minus the bacon) and a fabulous kale dish cooked with spicy tomatoes, red pepper and a little bit of veggie broth. 

 

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We enjoyed the leftovers all week.

 

Does the weather change your food preferences? 

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