Fun and Useful Fall Things to Do

October 12, 2014


Summer is awesome. If I could, I would live somewhere where summer is the only season, all year. However, it’s not the case for now and that’s why it’s important to appreciate season changes especially in a city like Montreal! Now that Fall is on our doorstep, it’s time to enjoy the perks of the season including getting to wear your favorite sweater! Here are a few things I like to do before the first snow:

Go apple and squash picking

Apple Picking

This year, my two lovely models in the picture above and I chose Les Vergers Lamarche. It didn’t look like much on the road but once parked, we found a little farm, a restaurant, a food store, a fresh apple juice and pie counter and even a donut shop outside! Basically, it had everything apple related so it was a blast! I got a 10lbs bag for $9 and picked mostly apples for baking. I also got 1l of apple juice for $3.50 and a can of maple syrup for $6.

If you plan on making apple pies, a cool tip is to go to your favorite bakery like Mamie Clafoutis and purchase their sweet pie dough directly. It will save you some time and guarantee a delicious result!

On our way back, we realized that we were just a few minutes away from Le centre d’interprétation de la courge (The interpretation center of squash). Quite the name, yes! It’s basically a museum that has different types of squash from all around the world and you can buy them all! They are pretty cheap for their size coming at $2.50 each.


Most squash can be stored for up for 4 months before cooking them so I got 7 of them. Just get a cute basket and it will make for perfect home design until you’re ready to cook. I already baked one in the oven to go along my latest batch of pulled pork.

Order your meat, eggs and butter from a farm!

Les Fermes Valens

I order about 90% of the meat I eat from a farm nowadays, once in early spring and once in early fall and my order usually lasts me 4-5 months.

I love Les Fermes Valens especially since they deliver directly at home. I used to look for their products whenever I would go to PA or any organic grocery store so it’s great to deal with them directly. They collaborate with closeby producers and offer eggs, vegetables, cooked products, jerky, butter and much more!

Free delivery is offered on orders over $200 or a very low fee of $10 is added to your total.

What about you?

What’s your favorite thing to do in this beautiful season? Here’s a fun pumpkin soup recipe:

Written by Sofia Shendi who lives and works in Montreal, as the CTO of Tastet. Join me on Twitter

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