● By Kerri Regan
Enjoying the Fruits of our Labor, Edible and Otherwise
Story: Kerri Regan
From spring’s seeds and summer’s sun, a bountiful autumn harvest grows. Baskets full of apples, squash and nuts are among the plethora of homegrown delights that North State gardens yield as searing heat gives way to cool breezes.
The Happy Valley Farm Trail, established in 1987, boasts a host of picked-fresh-daily produce, grown by farm families in the Happy Valley area south of Redding. A trail map(clearcreekcsd.com/farm.html) leads the way to participating farms and ranches whose fall bounties include free-range eggs, mandarins, persimmons, onions, corn, garlic, almonds, walnuts, grapefruit and much more.
If you’ve got oodles of onions but are dying for a bushel of beans, there’s still time to take advantage of the free gardeners’ swap meets in Chico (6 to 8 pm Oct. 1 at The Cause, 727 W. 4th Ave.; and on Oct. 8 from 4 to 6 pm at the Chico Community Children’s Center at 2224 Elm St. and 6 to 8 pm at the Chico Grange Hall at 2775 Old Nord Ave.).
The Manton Apple Festival is another delightful way to celebrate fall. Set for 9 am to 4 pm Oct. 4 at Manton Elementary School, proceeds support projects and scholarships in the small community about 40 miles east of Redding. Visitors dunk for apples, ride the Lassen Lumber Train, enjoy crafts and live music, and much more.
The apple is also the star of the show at the 40th annual Johnny Appleseed Days on Oct. 4-5 at Terry Ashe Park and Veterans Hall in Paradise. Volunteers bake and sell some 1,200 apple pies, made from apples grown at Nobles Orchard in Paradise. The event also features more than 150 arts and crafts booths, games, live entertainment and demonstrations, face painting and food.
In the North State, autumn is also the perfect time to get outside – scorching summer temperatures have released their grip and winter’s chill hasn’t yet set in. The third annual “Walk This Way at Turtle Bay” from 9 am to 1 pm Oct. 4 is a free celebration of health that includes free admission to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, live entertainment, healthy cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, sports exhibitions, health screenings, a family fun walk and more.
This fall, celebrate life, give thanks for rich blessings, take what you need and share the rest with others… and enjoy the harvest. •
Local farmers’ markets:
Redding Certified Farmers’ Market Saturday, 7:30 am–noon through December 777 Cypress Ave., next to City Hall, Redding
Sunday Market at Turtle Bay Exploration Park Sunday, 9:30 am–2 pm through October Turtle Bay parking lot
Tuesday Morning Redding Certified Farmers’ Market Tuesday, 7:30 am – noon through October 1700 block of Churn Creek Road near Dairy Queen, Redding
Burney Certified Farmers’ Market Wednesday, 3–6 pm through October 37288 Main St. at the Ben Franklin parking lot, Burney
Anderson Certified Farmers’ Market Thursday, 7:30 am–noon through October Shasta District Fair grounds, Anderson
Chico Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 7:30 am–1 pm, year round 2nd and Wall streets, downtown Chico