Leaves the color of saffron rice are on the floorboard of the vehicle. Windows can be rolled down without the humidity of summer forcing beads of sweat above stylish sunglasses. Trees shake multi-hued leaves in the easy breeze that seems to say, “Fall is finally here.” With such delights all around, what fantastic opportunities await in the Akron area?
The local Starbucks is certain to have a Pumpkin Spiced Latte ready for you before you journey out one brisk morning. Where is the day taking you? Perhaps to a jaunt to Krieger’s for some wonderful produce. Butternut squash soup is fantastic this time of year, warm and golden on the ever-shortening evenings. The last fresh fruits of the season make delightful editions to local cooking. Homemade apple pie? With enough apples left over for Grandma’s apple butter recipe? Sounds like a winning combination.
Pumpkin patches abound. Graf Growers has pumpkins hauled in off the vine, fresh produce and plenty of the modern conveniences some other patches lack. Finding a restroom won’t be a challenge here. With family-friendly hours running through the week 9-6, and weekends 9-5, finding time to sample weekly specials (this week it’s zucchini and yellow squash) should be a snap! The friendly staff, beautiful setting and clean produce make any bright October afternoon sparkle. Remember to bring your reusable bags for all the tasty treats you’ll be bringing home.
Cuyahoga National Valley Park holds some exquisite treasures to be explored in the fall, and for the more adventurous among you, the Heritage Farms Pumpkin Pandemonium, hay rides and corn mazes may be just what the doctor ordered this fall. The entrance fee includes entry into all mazes maintained by Heritage farms. What better way to enjoy a weekend getaway right here in Summit County? Open Wednesday through Friday, noon-5 and on weekends 10-5, there are plenty of chances to lose your friends in stacks of corn or gain new ones on an afternoon hay ride.
With so many places like Krieger’s, Graf Growers and Heritage Farms here in Summit County, this fall is sure to be one packed with fun and adventure. Enjoy the cooler weather that’s finally come Akron’s way with outdoor adventures every generation can enjoy. Take time from the hectic rush of every day life to remember that, even so close to cities, there’s a chance to have fresh, local, enjoyable fun and food. Celebrate the playful spirit of fall and don’t be afraid to try new things: you might fall in love!