Monday, September 22, 2008

Autumnal Equinox Means Grape Pie

Today, Monday, September 22, 2008, is the last day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Summer officially ends and autumn begins at 11:44 am EDT. Today, the sun is above the equator and there will be approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

So far, in Western New York, we really haven’t had the type of days that signal the approach of Fall. Yes, the nights have been quite cool but no killing frost and daytime temps are still rising into the 70’s.

We live near the Finger Lakes wine growing region. There are many festivals this time of year, celebrating the grape harvests. We can buy Concord grapes at farmers’ markets and a Fall road trip in the Finger Lakes region will provide an opportunity for sampling grape pie.

We’ll make a drive once the leaves start to change. With the steep hillsides above the Finger Lakes, the colors can be stunning. We’ll take some pictures, sample some wine, and check out this season’s grape pies.

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