Autumn/Fall is the season of Harvest and Abundance. As the leaves on the trees change to a bright orange color an fall off the trees, I affirm “I am Abundantly Blessed and I give thanks for all that I have.” The hot days of summer are now over, and I embrace the beauty of fall. I love this season. The cool breeze and relaxing sleep at night is so very pleasant.
This is the season for apple picking. If you have never visited an orchard and picked apples, you are really missing out on a fun past time. Apples are a favorite fruit of mine. When the organic movement began, apples was at the forefront. Because apples are sprayed with so much pesticides, it is at the top of the list of food/fruit to eat organic.
The Environmental Working Group, an organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the area of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands and corporate accountability. They list annually the “Dirty Dozen” list of foods with the highest pesticide residue and the “Clean 15″ list of food with the least pesticide residue. They keep track of food and list the top food/fruit you must eat organic. Check out their website for the food list. (www.EWG.org)
Apples nutrients cancer and heart-protective quercetin and fiber, exist mostly in the skin. So instead of peeling the apple, eat the whole fruit. The various apples, Honey Crisp, my favorite for its sweetness, Fuji and the new Sweet Tango and Northern Spy, Granny Smith and Pippin for its tart taste, all make for a healthy raw snack as well as baking in a pie. These are a few of the apples for our harvest season of Abundance.
As we celebrate the season of Harvest and Abundance, this weekend October 6, take a trip uptown on Saturday to Harlem New York City and celebrate, “Harlem Harvest Festival.” On Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, Harlem Harvest Festival will take place at the Phillip Randolph Square, located at St Nicholas Ave between W116th and W117th St.
The activities for families and children includes, Adult/Bikram Yoga, Children Yoga, Face Painting, Sand Art, Pumpkin Carving, African Dance, Hula Hoop Demonstration. Also includes, cook off battle of the Lenox Ave Chefs vs FDB Chefs. A Farmers market with organic food, brought in by farmers from out of town, A winery and brewery, Taste of Harlem. A Wellness Fair including Spa Treatment, Fitness Sessions and Gardening.
This will be a great Harvest Fair full of Abundance for the entire family. Tickets are $3 and $5 entry includes a raffle ticket. The winner will win a Whole Food Basket. So, come out on Saturday and enjoy a great weekend at the Harlem Harvest Festival.