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eNewsletter Issue 90 | Sept. 27, 2007

Autumn’s splendor is being celebrated at our Market with AppleFest this week-end. The Nova Scotia Apple harvest is in full swing.  Grab your basket and begin picking your favourites for eating, cooking, and decorating!  Nothing matches a crisp autumn day like a crisp apple!  Dine on some of our apple delights---pies, crisp, and strudel.

In This Issue:
Apple Fest Week-end
Nature's Finest Ingredients
Fall Decorating Inspiration
From the Pumpkin Patch
Fall Bulbs

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Apple Fest Week-end

Apples are autumn’s favourite fruit-- healthy to eat on their own or baked into your favourite fall desserts.  Fill up your basket—varieties include Cortland, Gravensteins, MacIntosh, Paula Reds, and Sunrise. If you’re unsure which to choose, try our free taste test. Sample our apple pie, crisp and strudel.  Special pricing includes 10 lb bags of Cortland at $4.99 or 59 cents a pound; apple pies at $3.99; apple crisp at $3.99 and apple strudel at $4.29. If an apple can keep you healthy, imagine the effect of keeping a bowlful within reach on a side table or kitchen island.  When you’re at our Market for pumpkins, pick up a bag or two of fragrant Gravensteins or Macintosh and pile them into a favourite bowl or basket.

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Nature's Finest Ingredients

Fresh produce is being picked at the peak of perfection throughout Nova Scotia right now—and our Market shelves are overflowing.  We welcome shoppers at our Market with the deep reds, bright yellows, vibrant oranges, and vivid greens that Mother Nature includes in her rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables. Many are awed by the abundance and we welcome shoppers to try our apple samples.  We’ve added more choice to our Squash bins, including Golden Hubbard, Buttercup, Acorn, Butternut, and Spaghetti. Here’s a tip for peeling squash---microwave it for a few minutes to soften –it’s easier to peel.  Look for yellow corn, green and yellow beans and snow peas. Still lots of field ripened tomatoes and cucumbers.  Our pear selection includes Regular Clapp, Red Clapp, and Bartlett—featured at $2.99 for a 3 litre basket. Another autumn delight available now are cranberries, not showing as much color as they will later in the season but offering you that tart taste of goodness to welcome autumn.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration

When the weather makes you want to get cozy, bring autumn touches to the favourite corners of your home. Our Gift area has been redecorated with rich fall colors.  We have a fabulous bird display, with lots of ideas for fall decorating.  Include a few wrought iron hooks featuring small animal themes---great for hanging up fall sweaters and jackets.

On the outside give your surroundings a makeover for fall—do up your doorstep for the harvest season.  Combine elements of nature, like golden straw, corn husks, gourds, Peter’s Plump Pumpkins, and our own garden mums in deep reds, bright yellows, and vibrant oranges. Set your imagination free ---just as the changing of the leaves burst with the colors of the sunset you can incorporate these shades into your personal landscape and give family and friends a warm autumn welcome.

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From the Pumpkin Patch

If you want to include the warm orange color of fall in your surroundings, pick a pumpkin today! We offer a great selection for fall decorating—starting with large pumpkins from Peter’s Pumpkin Patch, priced from $1.75 to $5.50.  Mini pumpkins for decorating are $1.25; white pumpkins, $2.00; Tiny “Jack be Little” pumpkins, 50 cents each; Gourds , 3 for $1.29; and Sugar Pie Pumpkins, $2.29. Try some pumpkin decorating projects.

1.      Pumpkin Pedestals---plop your favourite pumpkin on top of your tomato cage, tie a few cobs of Indian corn on the frame and you’ve taken your jack-o-lantern to new heights.

2.      Pumpkin Wreath---for the front door, mantel, or garden gate, fill a 14 inch wire wreath with Jack be Little Pumpkins or gourds.  Make holes in the pumpkins with metal skewers or a knitting needle (it’s easier if you microwave the pumpkins a few minutes to soften them).  Then thread wire through each hole and twist around the wire frame.  Attach colored leaves, acorns, cones, wheat, or Indian corn.

3.      Twinkling Votive Holders – scoop seeds and pulp out of small pumpkins and add votives or small candles—light and enjoy!

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Fall Bulbs

Combine a variety of colors and shapes for a rainbow of blooms next spring---daffodils (narcissus), hyacinths, tulips and crocus. It’s a bit too soon to plant bulbs, but you can plan and pick now---plant later! If your gardens are being riddled by deer, choose daffodils, crocus, frittilia and alium—deer detest these varieties.  Remember to steer clear of tulips----they’re like dessert to the deer.

Just an update that we will again feature the 10 days of Christmas at the Market—our closing date is November 10th.  Watch for more details later.

 

 

With the change in season we can look forward to falling temperatures and falling leaves.  If you want to catch the crimson, orange and gold of autumn, plan a roadtrip soon.  The secret to a fall colour tour is in the timing.  A week too early and you’ll miss the colour at its peak.  Wait too long and the first frosts and blustery winds will have passed through taking the best colour with them.  Remember, it’s the hardwood deciduous forests that put on the best show and the star of the forest is the sugar maple.

 

Happy Harvest  everyone…Mary

 

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