The summer season has all but faded away. We are well on our way to peak color here in Northern Michigan. Most days have a welcome chill to them that has us reaching for a warm cup of soup and our favorite sweater. As we enter into this beautiful time of year, there seems to be a collective weariness in the air. Fall always has a touch of that after a well-spent summer, but this year has asked more of all of us than we ever anticipated. There is more to come. This is the time of year that reminds us to take a breath, put on a pot of tea, and settle in.
We love the harvest season at the Grain Train. The colors, the smell, the FOOD! Have you had the local apples yet this year? Gingergolds, Honey Crisps and the local favorite, SweeTango—yum! Start your day with this Morning Apple Crumble or this Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake. It’s never too early to start testing recipes for Thanksgiving and this Apple Celery Stuffing is the perfect place to start.
Local squash is also here, and it is oh so delicious!. This year we have acorn, pie pumpkins, delicata, red kuri, butternut, kabocha and, of course, spaghetti squash. This Kabocha Squash Soup is just the thing for a cool fall day. These Spiced Squash Pancakes are sure to get the whole family excited about breakfast! How about trying the best of both worlds with Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Squash or Butternut Apple Bisque!
Of course we need to talk turkey! We will be taking pre-orders soon for Duerksen, fresh never frozen, local free range turkeys. Keep an eye out for the launch of the preorder season. We will also have delicious options from our Bakery/Deli on the pre-order form as well.
We also need to talk about what is a little different this fall. Due to the pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, a time of year where we always see a more limited produce supply available, is amplified. Especially when it comes to organic items. We are sourcing locally as much as possible but not all products are available within our area. As a result, we are bringing in conventionally grown products to remain in stock. These products will be clearly identified for your convenience. We will continue to work diligently to bring you the best products on the market.
We are hard at work on the holidays and are confident you will be able to find what you are looking for and so much more. We know that baking is a big deal over the next couple of months and we are already securing what you will need to have your holiday tables full of your family favorites. As the weather gets cooler, keep our Curbside program in mind. We would love to shop for you so you can stay in your slippers if you like. We won’t tell. See you in the stores or Curbside!