Autumn is when Mother Nature packs the boards with a feast for the eyes. AAA Michigan says that the best viewing conditions are being reported in the Southwest and Southeast Lower Peninsula with fair to good fall color conditions are reported in Holland, Jackson, Milford, St. Joseph, Tipton, with color development ranging between 60 and 90 percent. There’s still a surprising amount of color all over the state. If you want to plan your color touring, check out the Fall Color Tour posts on Michigan in Pictures (based on the great Fall driving tours from Michigan.org). If you can’t get our, check out Fall wallpaper at Michigan in Pictures and the Absolute Michigan autumn slideshow.
Our November Michigan Calendar lays out a bountiful buffet of events that happen around the state in November, including Opening Day of Deer Season with the disclaimer “If you think this isn’t a major event, then you probably live south of Clare”. While I’m not a hunter, one event that I will try and do this year is the Great Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off on Old Mission near Traverse City. One that I really want to do but probably won’t be able to is the Kalamazoo Russian Festival.
While most of the harvests are winding up, Taste the Local Difference reminds you that winter squash – Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard, Buttercup, Carnival and others – is just getting ready to pick. Janice writes that although they are harvested in the fall, they’re called “winter” squash because they can be stored through winter. Winter squashes and pumpkins can be interchanged in recipes and they’re some tasty looking ones including Twice Baked Butternut Squash.