I remember heading to class one crisp September day. The sky was a deep shade of blue with puffs of big white clouds passing overhead. As I breathed in that clear autumn air, I realized one thing: I wouldn’t make it to class on time. That perfect fall weather demanded that I take a detour to pick up an apple to snack on before class.

I don’t think that my little detour counted as “excused” tardiness, but to me, it was worth missing the first few minutes of the lecture. There is something about fall weather in particular that makes me crave all-things apples and other in-season specialties. On the less healthy side, some of my other favorite treats in fall are apple cider donuts and apple fritters, which pair wonderfully with a glass of apple cider. And the best news? All of those items are available at Wolffs!

Other fall produce, like pumpkin, sweet potato and acorn squash make regular appearances on my table this time of year. Pumpkin and sweet potato add a delicious, hearty depth to any pancakes. Start from scratch and add canned pumpkin in to your own pancake recipe, or try this recipe:


Spicy Pumpkin Pancakes

Yields 18 pancakes

  • Author: Adapted from General Mills
  • Category: Breakfast


  • 2 1/3 cups pancake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, or heat electric griddle to 375. Add vegetable oil.
  2. Stir all ingredients until blended. Ladle the batter (about 1/4 cup per pancake) onto hot griddle.
  3. Cook until edges are dry. Turn and cook until golden.

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More than any season, fall is a season to experience with all of your senses. Go on…breath in that crisp, apple-scented air, put on your knit sweater and taste some apple cider as you enjoy the array of colors displayed in seemingly simple things like mums, pumpkins and gourds.