Looking for Fall, in all the right places…

autumn-walks-telegraph-co-ukWhen does autumn begin for you?

Back to school-time. For many people, our thoughts turn to fall with the start of the new school year (or even back in early August, with the flurry of “Back to School” promotions).  However, even with children  back in the classroom, it feels too soon to be thinking of fall.

Close the pool-time. It starts to feel like fall when August turns to September, and the long Labor Day weekend marks the closing of the public pool, and the retirement of seersucker, sandals, and white linen. But even then, it’s nice to hang on to the last lingering days of summer — we know they are fleeting.

autumn_leaves_benchIt’s all Greek, er Latin, to me. For an exact, official and scientific definition of when fall begins, you have the autumnal (or Invernal) equinox. [Your Latin lesson for the day: the word equinox means “equal night“; that is, night and day are about the same length of time.]

The almanac declares that the autumnal equinox is “when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. (The celestial equator is the circle in the celestial sphere halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth’s equator projected out onto the sphere.)” In 2015, that happens begins on September 23, early in the morning at 4:21 A.M.

Frost is on the punkin, and all that. Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The drop below freezing kills the annoying bugs (and relieves you of late-season garden chores, yay), and the cooler temperatures make it really *feel* like Fall.  But even with the fodder in the shock and whatnot, those crisp, cold nights are too few and far between right now, and we’re ready to have it be fall, already.

Instant autumn, in a box. Fall is more than an arbitrary start date, an event on a calendar, or even a dip below freezing.  Fall is more like a sense, a feeling.

For us, autumn is coming into a warm, bright house, and being enveloped by the delicious smells of autumn: apples and pumpkins, cloves and cinnamon.

The smells and tastes of apple and pumpkin pie, and warm mulled cider.
The smells and tastes of apple and pumpkin pie, and warm mulled cider.

Our Fall Harvest boxed set contains the “magical” ingredients to conjure up those cozy feelings and delicious smells, whenever you like:

  • Mulling Spices: whole Star Anise, cloves, citrus, cinnamon and other spices lend a vibrant rush of warmth to your cider, tea, or wine. We even include a reusable little muslin drawstring bag so you don’t to need to strain out the crunchy bits. We’re all about making your mulling easy.
  • Apple Pie Spice Blend: The trinity of baking spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, with the finest sugar. Not just for pies anymore, a lovely enhancement to hot tea, fruit, streusel topping. One of our customers uses it exclusively on her morning instant oatmeal!
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend: Use 2 – 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice for each 9-inch pie. Or get fancy and sprinkle a bit of this classic blend of cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, [and a subtle hint of white pepper] on your coffee or latte, on winter squash, or creme brulee. We use it to gussy up ordinary banana bread.

The Fall Harvest gift box ($15) comes with an enclosed card of additional ideas for tasty cold-weather treats. This makes an excellent “thinking of you” gift, great to take or send “over the river and through the woods” to the ones you love.