Welcome to the Fall Issue

For my family, Fall brings with it – not only cooler, crisp weather- but a slower pace. Work and school schedules become priority and lazy mornings and adventurous afternoons are a thing of summer past. Our meals become more robust and less grab and go, with all the local harvest, root vegetables and fresh meats easily accessed at Farmers Markets all around the region. Fall is definitely a baking season, warm zucchini bread and pumpkin spice cakes with cream cheese icing are some of our families’ favourites; and of course, pies for Thanksgiving!

Fall Fairs are back this year and the prospects of getting back to a family gathered Thanksgiving is extremely enticing. With so many businesses in the area resuming planned events, there are a lot of fall activities coming up to keep the family busy! The leaves may be changing, but Cottage Country is still in tourist mode; get out and see all that you can before the snow flies. 

In this issue, you will find some interesting reads about local artists. We had the great pleasure of attending the Boots and Hearts Music Festival and were able to chat with performer (and Lindsay native) Madison Kozak. We have our annual Studio Tour feature, and we encourage you to hit the road and visit some of our areas talented artists this autumn. 

Recipes from Weekend at the Cottage are perfect little additions to take to family dinners, and from the cover, Abbey Gardens invite you to join them in October for jam-packed events! Regular contributors Jacquelyn Toupin, Jacob Rodenburg and Spiraea Herbs have interesting reads for you this time around also. Style and design advice from Birchview Design and De.Kor Lighting Boutique will get you ready for Fall decorating and renovations. Intrepid Snowmobiler, Craig Nicholson, walks us through getting the trails ready for winter, and leaves you with his humorous thoughts on firewood.

So, curl up; grab a warm drink – maybe a blanket – and give our Fall issue a read.
Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Halloween and Happy all the days and moments in between. We wish you a safe, happy and healthy autumn.