Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Fall Activities

A cool breeze runs through the changing leaves, a beautiful sunset paints the skies, and there’s a certain smell in the air– it’s probably a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall is here, and there’s so much to do. We compiled a list of some of our favorite fall activities to enjoy before the winter season comes swirling in. So without further ado, here are our favorite fall activities in our “bushel” list.

Football → Whether it’s watching the game from the bleachers, or throwing around the pigskin with some friends in the backyard, we love football in all its shapes and sizes. The temperate climate makes it the perfect time to enjoy the game both as a spectator and as a player.

Hayride → Stroll through nature from the comfort of a hay ride. These are offered at many different places, but you can find a list of our favorite venues here. Wherever you go, remember to sit tight, hang on, and enjoy.

Boat Cruise → If sailing is more your style, enjoy the beautiful scenery by going on a boat cruise! Elevate the classic hayride, and take to the seas. It’s like a fall color tour from the sky!

Donuts and Fresh Cider → This combination can be enjoyed on its own, or accompanied by an activity. You can find our favorite places to grab donuts and cider here.

Day Golf → Enjoy a brisk day of golf surrounded by colorful trees and good company. Just don’t forget to cool down with a nice seasonal cider.

Bonfire → To put this list to a close, we’re ending it like we end any good fall night: with a bonfire. Tug on your flannels, grab your cider, marsh your mallows, circle around the fire, and wish fall would never end…

 

Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Fall Recipes

There’s nothing like curling up on the couch and eating some delicious food on a chilly fall day. In this blog post, we’re listing our favorite fall recipes for days just like those. Enjoy alone or with some friends, just don’t forget a dry cider. They pair well with any of the below!

Chili → What’s better than chili on a chilly fall day? Apple chili. That’s what. Try this chili with a spiced apple twist, and you’ll be grabbing seconds faster than you can say pumpkin spiced latte. More of a traditional chili taster? The below White Chicken Chili recipe is top-notch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken
  • 48 oz northern beans
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ½ cup jalapenos
  • 3 large cans of chicken broth    

Directions:

  1. Bake chicken
  2. Mix all other ingredients in large pot
  3. Shred chicken and add stock to pot
  4. Cook over medium heat until preferred temperature, stirring often

Apple Crisp → It’s an oldie but a goodie. Don’t forget your orchard-picked apples (click here for our list of our favorite orchards) and top with vanilla ice cream to serve. If you’d rather eat your orchard-picked apples with caramel apple dip, use the below recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix until cream
  2. Serve chilled with apple slices

Spiral Apple Dumplings →  These are not your typical dumplings. This dessert is the festive combination of a cinnamon roll and an apple crumble.

Pumpkin Roll → The natural spice from the pumpkin paired with the sweetness of the frosting makes a delicious treat. Enjoy with friends and let the good times roll!

Pumpkin Bread or Bars → Perhaps you’ve had pumpkin bread before, but have you had the best pumpkin bread ever? The secret is the brown butter maple icing that compliments the tender moistness of the bread. If you like bars better than bread, here’s your recipe:  

Bar Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour    

Directions:

  1. Sift dry ingredients together
  2. Mix remaining ingredients
  3. Blend together
  4. Pour into greased and floured cookie sheet
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ stick softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix and spread over cooled bars

Peach Crisp → When you think of fall, you might think of apples or pumpkins. But this Peach Crisp recipe is one of our fall favorites! Although these are usually reserved for the summer time, the various spices are the perfect fall treat.

Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Orchards

One of our favorite ways to enjoy fall is by going to orchards. Our great state is home to a multitude of beautiful orchards, but it can be hard to know where to start. In this list, we count our personal favorites. Check out the below: 

Post Family Farm – Local and family-oriented, it’s no wonder why we love this place. Owners Bill and Etta Post have operated their farm in Hudsonville since 1969. Hayrides and pumpkin patches galore, this beautiful 80 acre farm is fun for the whole family.

Klackle Orchards – Also known as the “family fun farm,” we love this farm for the many, many things you can do. With a general admission ticket, there are enough activities to spend the whole day here! Pick your own apples and pumpkins and take a scenic walk through their corn maze. If you prefer something more fast-paced, the orchard has a BMX track as well as pedal carts and tractors. End the night with a nice bonfire and a picnic.

Schwallier’s Country Basket – If you’ve got a sweet tooth like us, you will love Schwallier’s Country Basket. Located on 9 mile, the farm has wagon rides and a corn maze, but their sweet treats are the main attraction. Their store offers many different confections, but our personal favorite are their donuts.

Klein’s Cider Mill & Market – Also located in Sparta, Klein’s apple cider is fresh and award winning. They offer tours of the mill, so come down and watch them make apple cider the old fashioned way.

Pond Hill Farm – Although not technically an orchard, Pond Hill Farm boasts scenic trails that will be sure to put you in the fall mood. Take a walk through the Tunnel of Trees while you enjoy a beer– or cider!

What are your favorite fall orchards? Or pumpkin patches? Tell us the comments!