Last week, I shared one of my favorite poems by James Whitcomb Riley, “When the frost is on the punkin.”
I especially enjoy this stanza:
They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here–
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees;
But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock–
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
Have you had the opportunity to venture into the country and see the beauty of autumn “that no painter has the colorin’ to mock”?
If your answer is no, let me encourage you to go to visit some of Indiana’s agritourism destinations. Here’s a great resource to help you find places to visit in your area.
As Kevin Baird, an ISDA staff member and owner of Cornucopia Farm, wrote in a recent blog post on ISDA’s conservation blog:
“We are into the home stretch of another crop season on the farm coming down to the wire. Summer by title is over and fall is here. The corn and beans are changing rapidly. It will not be long before harvest is in full swing and then completed. Fall agritourism venues are getting into full swing also. Pumpkins are ripe and ready to decorate many homesteads. There is just something special about fall.”