As the last blooms of summer flowers drop and September begins, it’s time for some fall cooking. Labor Day specifically is a good time to send off summer and welcome the fall season! The holiday falls on the first weekend of September and calls for celebration: Not only for the end of summer, but as an opportunity to celebrate American laborers. The labor union movement of the 19th century led to the progression of worker’s rights and ultimately a celebration for such in the form of Labor Day. Now, Labor Day is a celebration of summer and an easy transition into fall.
For Tacoma Boys, the autumn season means getting ready for fall cooking with seasonal snacks and dishes. It’s a great time to get cozy, prepare for the holidays, and enjoy fall produce and herbs: Think squash, apples, Brussels sprouts, sage, thyme, and more! Labor Day is a good chance to transition into fall cooking because it represents the end of summer. Fall cooking can be so tasty with hearty, savory dishes and sweet baked goods. Specifically, a good pie in the fall is so simple and delicious–– Check out our blog post for a guide on Tacoma Boy’s favorite fall pies and treats!
Celebrating Labor Day
The long weekend surrounding Labor Day means celebrations can last for days. There are plenty of things to do and tasty foods to cook to celebrate the holiday. The transition into a new season means it’s one of your last chances to cook your favorite summer foods: Cook up your remaining summer zucchini and corn on the grill to say goodbye to summer! Backyard barbecues and picnics are common on the holiday. Same goes for parades, parties, and special events like speeches. Plus, many workers have the day off in honor of Labor Day. This means extra time to relax and enjoy the (hopefully!) warm summer weather.
Foods To Eat and Things To Do
Celebrate the end of summer with your picnic favorites like potato salad, chips, and fresh fruit: You can also grill your favorite summer and fall foods to mark the change of seasons. Then, get active and maybe you’ll try something new while you’re at it!
- Find a Labor Day parade near you and join in to celebrate.
- Play sports like disc golf, tennis, kayaking, and bicycling.
- There’s nothing like one last camping trip to wrap up summer!
- Grill up Johnson’s Smokehouse Pepperjack Cheese Bratwurst and serve them in Tacoma Boys’ Hoagie Buns.
- Try a BLT Salad: This dish is light but hearty with crunchy romaine lettuce, Hempler’s Uncured Applewood Bacon and Drew’s Organic Rosemary Balsamic Dressing.
- Grill some of Tacoma Boys Pork Baby Back Ribs, then slather them with Mr. Texas BBQ Sauce.
Seasonal Recipes for Autumn
If summer must end, then seasonal recipes for autumn are something to look forward to! Comfort food in general is a good go-to when relaxing on chilly days or spending time with family. A series of holidays include Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas— all great times to have fun cooking and use seasonal ingredients. Get ready for pie season and use the last of your summer berries in a pie or crumble. For a super quick and easy dessert to transition into autumn, try Tacoma Boy’s peach cobbler.
Labor Day is a good time to mix and match summer and fall recipes because there is a wide variety of produce available. As we transition into fall weather and food, it’s nice to get cozy with some seasonal recipes for autumn. While Labor Day is usually considered the last-hurrah of summer, move on into autumn with these season recipes to celebrate the beginning of fall:
- One Sheet Pan Autumn Chicken featuring seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs.
- Vegetable-loaded beef stew featuring Cal-Organic Farms Rainbow Carrots, Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes and Orrington Farms Organics Beef Stew Seasoning.
- Squash pasta: Butternut squash in fact makes a deliciously smooth and savory pasta sauce. Try this recipe by Savory Simple with Marella Organic Pasta in your shape of choice for a fun autumn recipe.
- Savory root vegetable galette featuring seasonal root vegetables like beets, turnips, and sweet potatoes. Hint: Spice Hunter Poultry Seasoning is a great substitute for fresh herbs and spices in recipes like these!
Shop For Labor Day at Tacoma Boys
When you’re ready to get cooking for Labor Day and the beginning of the fall season, Tacoma Boys is ready for you! The specialty grocery store routinely provides seasonal produce for any time of year or special occasion. Stop by to see what’s new and tasty. And to stay up to date on insider deals and specials, sign up for Tacoma Boys’ text list. Just text (253) 246-1661 to tell Paul you want to be on the list!