Celebrating the Season with Local Food

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Homemade Apple Crisp – Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2013

Sure, it was hot and humid earlier this week, but we’re once more experiencing the crisp, cool weather of autumn. And thank goodness! I’m ready for it.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’m a new mother and trying to find ways to live my spirituality that don’t always include lengthy rituals, quiet meditation or trance, and are safe and inclusive for little ones.  My journey is highlighting something I believed before having a baby – your whole life is infused with opportunities to engage spiritually.  We just need to open our eyes and hearts!

What better way to honor the seasonal changes than to enjoy local food?  At this time of year in NY state, that means apples!  Last weekend we visited the Burrville Cider Mill to purchase some of the most delicious cider and donuts you could ever hope for, along with a half-peck of apples.  We’ve been enjoying them fresh all week, but I’ve been working on the liturgy for Northern Rivers Protogrove’s upcoming Autumn Equinox ritual.  It got me in the mood for something baked.  My favorite autumn apple dessert?  Apple crisp.  So simple and yet packed with the flavors, scents, and memories of many happy autumns.  Before enjoying some with my husband, I offered a bit to my ancestors.  I wouldn’t have so many wonderful traditions to enjoy if it hadn’t been for them!

What autumn treats are you enjoying?

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