Minneapolitans celebrate, embrace, and enjoy fall in an almost frantic manner. Many, like me, are happy for a respite from the heat and humidity of August and excited to don sweaters, scarves, and lots of layers.
Others are anxious to soak of every drop because they know what arctic temps lie ahead. Perhaps we all feel the need to savor it because the season is so beautiful and yet so fleeting.
In April, I wrote about the top five ways to celebrate spring; here is the fall version!
Long before skinny jeans & boots and pumpkin-spiced lattes became ubiquitous signs of fall, our agrarian ancestors celebrated the season with huge harvest feasts. Right here in the heart of the city, the urban gardening movement and farmers market scenes are booming.
Minneapolis residents love their local and seasonal food and fall is nature’s delicious last hoorah. So, harvest the last of your fall bounty - or shop for it - and cook up a feast of your own.
2. Channel Your Inner Carnivore
In addition to roasted fall veggies, nothing says fall like, well, meat. After a cold day spent outside, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food is a must. And no one does sausage like Kramarczuk’s Deli, a mainstay in Northeast Minneapolis since 1954 for Eastern European fare.
Grab some of their smoked Ukranian sausage which will pair wonderfully with some braised kale from your garden and a nice, dark beer.
3. Drink Dark Beer
Minneapolis’ craft beer scene is so vibrant that there are no shortage of delicious locally-brewed stouts and porters to help you stay warm on a cold October night. But, in my opinion, the best fall beer is Dangerous Man’s acclaimed peanut butter porter.
It’s like dessert in a glass though not overly sweet. It’s rich and nutty though the peanut butter flavor is not overpowering. It’s simply perfect.
4. Get Geared Up
Aside from food and drink, fall is also about layering and accessorizing. There are many wonderful boutiques in the city where you can get your plaid game on point or pick out the perfect scarf.
My top pick for cold weather gear is Askov Finlayson, where the proceeds from their popular NORTH hats and mittens go toward their campaign to “Keep the North Cold” by supporting Climate Generation, a non-profit that fights climate change through education in schools.
5. Chase Fall Colors
Those lovely shades of yellow, orange, and red only last for a few weeks so get outside and find them while you can. Our city’s numerous parks and lakes are gorgeous right now. One of my personal favorite places to see fall colors is Lakewood Cemetery in South Minneapolis.
In addition to towering oak trees and beautiful yellow cottonwoods, they have strategically planted perfect rows of sugar maple trees that turn bright red at this time of year.
- Release your inner-child: make a leaf pile and jump in it!
- Belly up to the bar at Eat Street Social for delicious fall cocktails
All imagery to the courtesy of ritafarmer.com
- Rita -