Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Celebrate autumn in Minnesota this weekend October 10, 2014

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THERE’S MUCH TO LOVE about Autumn in Minnesota.

Stop at a roadside stand or a farmers' market for pumpkins, apples, squash and other Minnesota-grown produce. That's me at The Country Store of Pepin (Wisconsin) photographed earlier this week by my husband, Randy.

Stop at a roadside stand or a farmers’ market for pumpkins, apples, squash and other Minnesota-grown produce. That’s me relaxing at The Country Store of Pepin (Wisconsin) photographed earlier this week by my husband, Randy.

It’s the season of harvest and leaves crackling underfoot and piled pumpkins.

My meal at last year's Trinity dinner, minus the bread and cranberries. I had cake for dessert, too.

Trinity Lutheran Church, North Morristown, hosts its annual fall dinner and craft sale from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Sunday, October 12. It’s one of the best church dinners around, in my opinion. All of the food (some not shown here) is homemade. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 6-12; and free for ages 5 and younger. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

It’s the season of church dinners.

Christine Henke serves chili, which I classified as "very spicy" at Glam Central Salon.

Faribault holds its annual downtown Fall Festival on Saturday, October 11, with a kids’ costume parade, kids’ activities, chili tasting (between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), gallery-on-the-go and a mystery dinner. Visit the Faribault Main Street website for more information. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

And festivals galore.

 

Just inside the entry to the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds.

The third annual Maker Fair Fall Festival runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds in Garden City. Handcrafted arts and food from nearly 100 south central Minnesota artisans will be featured along with music, kids’ activities and more. For more info, visit makerfair.org. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

It’s the season of shopping at craft sales in small towns and along country roads.

Fall colors are at their prime in some areas of Minnesota. This photo, taken on Thursday, shows the St. Croix River near Stillwater.

Fall colors are at their prime in some areas of Minnesota. This photo, taken on Thursday, shows the St. Croix River near Stillwater.

But most of all, it’s about taking the time to appreciate this season that brings a sharpness to our days, an awareness that we must savor every ray of sunshine, every moment outdoors. Take time this weekend to embrace Autumn before she exits and Winter walks through the door.

Β© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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18 Responses to “Celebrate autumn in Minnesota this weekend”

  1. Love you in the BIG Chair πŸ™‚ I love Fall – thanks for sharing the change of colors! I cannot wait to go to wine country this month. Happy Weekend

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    Autumn is a glorious time of year. It is bittersweet in some regards as we all know what is just around the corner πŸ™‚ Is that ham and ham gravy I see? <–my favorite!

    • That would be ham. And turkey. And all the fixings.

      We were in Red Wing Monday and part of Tuesday and were disappointed in the lack of fall colors there and all along the Mississippi (on the Wisconsin side). Found lots of great places to explore in Red Wing, though.

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    I think I need to go out to Lime Creek this weekend and hike a bit —I am sure the trees are beautiful out there about this time. Love the big chair picture. How many bottoms do you think have been in that seat??? Great photo!

  4. Leaves are beginning to turn here, too. I’m loving the maples right now.

  5. Rena Says:

    I love these photos! Here I am, during glorious autumn weather, stuck inside (for 3 weeks now) painting our new home! Five rooms have charcoal gray and black walls! I long to be outside and enjoy this glorious Autumn weather, but must get these walls lightened before snow falls… Yet each day, as the gray and black fade under coats of primer, I can enjoy the outdoor colors of the season through your posts, Audrey. Thank you for bringing the beauty and simple joys of autumn to me, Audrey.

  6. Thread crazy Says:

    Love the chair – great pose too. Fall is my favorite time and I love to hear the leaves rustling in the wind and under foot. Most of our leaves haven’t started turning yet, with exception of the elms. Saw some earlier this week turning a bit golden.

  7. Jackie Says:

    IT is such a beautiful time of year, Looks like you are taking full advantage of it πŸ™‚ Love the picture that Randy took of you in the big chair. I have taken that same picture of the colors along the river by stillwater, it’s always so beautiful right there. Hoping Rick and I can still take a drive before we loose all the colors down here in Southern MN.

  8. hotlyspiced Says:

    I love that photo of you in the giant chair! And the colours in your images are so ‘Fall’ – so many shades of orange and dark green and brown. It looks like the Lutheran Church put on a great dinner with very generous servings and great prices xx

    • The dinner at Trinity North Morristown was fabulous. Everything is made from scratch. The power was out at the church today which proved a challenge. Some parishioners had to take food to their homes to keep it warm. Some was hauled to a nearby church camp. But church members rose to the challenge. Shortly before the dinner was to be served, the power came back on. There was clapping and great jubilation.


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