Sometimes, September seems to be the nicest month here in Vermont. This year is a prime example. It’s been warm and sunny, with more of the same predicted. Even so, the season is changing to fall. Among other signs, leaves are turning, and some valleys are blanketed with morning fog.

If, like me, you’re always sad about the end of summer, here are some suggestions from a local food coop which, to my mind, might ease the seasonal transition. If you drink coffee, you might add a shake or two of pumpkin pie spice to your cup. Mine, from a national discount grocer, includes cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom. Sure to tickle your taste buds, it’s yummy!

Next, here’s a way to delight your nose. Suggested by a local food coop, it’s about “brewing” a batch of stovetop potpourri to make your home smell like a fresh fall harvest. Mix water, a spice and slices of one or two fruits in a saucepan, simmer, and the scents will fill your home. Apple slices and cinnamon sticks will be fall-like. To remind you of the woods, use limes and pine. For the holidays, you might try oranges, cloves and vanilla. The bulk spice bins at your local coop might have what you want, and you can get the exact amounts needed for stovetop magic.

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To Welcome Fall with Taste and Smell