Enjoy the harvest in Cedar Rapids

Across the U.S., people are cozying up in their scarves, slurping hot soup and putting decorative gourds out on their table. Yes, fall is here, but fall is not always the same across this great nation of ours.

In Iowa, America’s breadbasket, fall is the harvest season. The time the crops come in and we all get ready for the blustery cold to come. Because we provide so much of the nation’s food, it’s appropriate for Iowans to celebrate this season properly.

After you’ve celebrated Halloween and drank one too many pumpkin-spice lattes, what can you do?

Here are some unique ways to celebrate the harvest season this November.

Educate your palate. If you want to explore just what’s possible with fall flavors, mark your calendar for this Thursday, Nov. 9. This is the date that Chef Beau will host a 3-course pairing event at Backpocket Brewing. In the spotlight will be — you guessed it  fall ingredients. Bring your appetite!

Take a hayride. For large families or community organizations such as church groups, scout troops and business teams, a hayride through Ushers Ferry Historic Village is a can’t-beat experience. In addition to the hayride, they provide a bonfire and marshmallows, and you can bring a supply of hot dogs, drinks and more to share!

Give back! As the holidays approach, many of us want to find ways we can give back to the community. This year, on Nov. 19, why not join in with Cranksgiving, a national movement that’s described as a food drive on two wheels. It’s one part bike ride, one part scavenger hunt and all goes to collecting food for those in need. Definitely something to check out!

Enjoy nature in the off-season. Though the leaves may no longer be in their full, autumnal glory, there is still something beautiful about these crisp November days before the snow falls. Bundle up and take a walk on one of the paths in the Indian Creek Nature Center or the Sac & Fox Trail along the Cedar River. There won't be many people out, and you'll be able to see nature in a whole new way.

A beautiful harvest season is just one of many things that makes Cedar Rapids such a great place to live. To learn more, contact a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. With years of experience, they know houses and can help you with any of your buying or selling needs.


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