Walking in to work this morning, I realized with surprise that the scarf and jacket I chose to wear were, in fact, a little necessary. Despite the fact that mid-day temps in Rochester are still hotter than H-E-double-hockey-sticks, these chilly mornings can only mean one thing: Fall is coming.
I share an office space with Hart’s Produce Manager, Bill. On a regular basis, the two of us wind up at odds discussing the seasons; Whereas Bill prefers the good ol’ dog days of summer, I’m far more a fan of snowy mornings, wrapped up in sweaters with a book by the fireplace. That said, if there’s one thing we agree on, it’s that nothing beats autumn gastronomy in upstate New York. So, with this in mind, here’s just a few of the great fall flavors we have to look forward to here at Hart’s:
- Schutt’s apple cider & fry cakes – I mean, let’s be real. You can’t beat this combo. Chilled, no-additives cider made from some of the best apples in the country, alongside one of the most down-home comfort foods ever invented? Stop it right now. Pop in every Thursday for the week’s fresh delivery, and get ’em while they’re hot!
- Hart’s butternut squash mac n’ cheese – I tried this dish for the first time last October, only to discover that nothing pairs quite so well as the soft, sweet flavor of locally grown butternut squash with a sharp & creamy cheddar cheese mac. Even before it’s baked with the layer of breadcrumbs on top, this dish is a revelation.
- Union Place’s pumpkin spice flavored coffee – Who doesn’t dream of a little pumpkin spice this time of year? True, the flavor’s overdone these days, but I can’t deny that there’s something quintessentially fall about the aroma of warm pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coffee.
- Mendon Maple’s Creamed Maple – I’m not sure who originally discovered creamed maple, but to whomever it was: I am forever in your debt. This little-known cousin of pure maple syrup is just maple with more water boiled out, then cooled and stirred to a thick and creamy texture. Although maple syrup is technically the product of spring harvest, what better time of year for pancakes and waffles than the fall? Or, if you’re looking for a quick, on-the-go breakfast, spread some of that creamed maple on toast and simply hit the road! Believe me, with this one, you’re in for a treat.