Chicago gardeners, it’s time to celebrate autumn and the harvest season. Autumn festivals, local farms and city gardens welcome everyone to enjoy the season’s plenty. Farmer’s markets are overflowing with excellent produce. Traditional icons like scarecrows, haystacks, cornstalks, homemade products and crafts are available everywhere.
At wine festivals, visitors taste wines made in the region by local wineries. Besides grape wine, wines made from other fruits, flowers or vegetables— like apple, dandelion or tomato—may be sampled. Wines are for sale as well as wine-making kits and equipment. Often classes in wine-making are offered, and questions about it are answered. Look for homemade apple cider at these festivals, too.
Oktoberfests celebrate ethnic German culture with beer and food. Hearty German fare satisfies visitors, and it fills them with joy and songs. Beer tasting is usually available; as well as, information about beer-making. Homemade goods are often available for purchase.
Search for Super Pumpkin at a local Pumpkin Festival. Local farms and community gardens often sponsor these festivals. Pumpkins of all sizes, pumpkin seeds in many flavors and produce of every variety can be purchased at bargain prices. Fall flowers, like mums and strawflowers, are usually sold along with homemade crafts and specialty goods.
Scarecrow festivals honor the delightful icon, the scarecrow, which aids every farmer and gardener. Usually, a scarecrow competition challenges local children and residents to create the scariest and most creative scarecrow. Visitors join in the fun by voting for their favorites. These festivals offer homemade goods, crafts and specialty items for sale.
Autumn gardening events in and around Chicago delight everyone. Examiners at www.examiner.com showcase these autumn festivals and provide detailed information. Local Chicago libraries also provide information about neighborhood festivals in autumn.
Live long and well—garden.
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