Fall is beginning to weave itself in between the often-oppressive late summer heat waves. As I sit to write, I can feel the cool breeze on my face from an open window and remember that not more than a week ago, the heat was intolerable. Autumn inserts itself into our late midwestern summers just as we might dip our toe into a cool lake – testing to see if we are ready for the plunge.
As we walk our gardens and farmers markets, the fruits of summer are evident in the bounty of flowers and food, yet we see nature preparing us for scarcity. This juxtaposition reminds us that the fall season is the ultimate transition.
The change of seasons is an invitation to come home from the adventures of summer and prepare for winter’s hibernation. We watch as luscious greens are replaced with vibrant gold. This golden warmth arrives in stark contrast to the blue October skies and begins to reveal the graphite tree branches waiting to be laid bare.
We are beckoned to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and gather around tailgates, bonfires, and the dinner table as well as the stove. It is in these rituals of autumn that we have an opportunity to connect with one another through food and gathering.
This particular season has always been my favorite, but it is also of significance to Goods for Cooks. This fall marks the shops 45th year in business and our 1stanniversary of ownership. Please come to visit – we’re stocked with beautiful stoneware, olive wood, iron, and terra cotta, reflecting the nature of the season. Perhaps check out our new energy efficient lighting made possible by CFC. Enjoy the expanded selection of fine foods, bitters, shrubs, tapenades, and treats ready for any gathering. But most importantly, please come to share your food journeys, your traditions, your kitchen triumphs, failures, and questions.