October 2016 St. Croix Valley Magazine

Heather and Chris Peterson begin their work day much earlier than the crack of dawn. As bakers and the owners of Bread Art in Bayport, they start preparing bread dough and pastries at 2 a.m. and leave the bakery between 10 a.m.

 

October: The time of year when pumpkin-spiced offerings return to (arguably) too many menus. Autumn inspires us more with its natural sights, smells and tastes, one of which involves spending a lovely October day picking apples and drinking cider at a local orchard.

 

If you grew up in Japan, you might have eaten daily from what today is trending stateside: the bento.

 

It’s been a long road for Vincent Negret, owner of the newly opened Negret Wine Co. in downtown Hudson.

 

River lovers know the St. Croix Valley shines in all seasons, but maybe never as much as when the leaves turn in autumn. Crisscross the river with us as we suggest eclectic local spots to eat and drink —and a few community gems, events and adventures to add even more color to your wanderings.

 

Many on both sides of the river share this Sunday “Mess” tradition, an opportunity to crash on the couch or in the man cave from noon until (in some cases) 10 p.m. each week. Certainly, sustenance is a necessity (along with perhaps a few good brews).

 

As temperatures get colder, more families struggle to put healthy food on the table. Luckily there’s a range of Valley-area organizations stepping up to help stop food insecurity in the region. Here’s where you can pitch in—or get help.

 

All-natural. Non-GMO. Fair trade. Free-range. Keeping track of all the labels that accompany our food choices and what they mean can be enough to make you throw your hands up and just get a pizza delivered.

 

Apple Cinnamon Protein Shake

350 calories per serving, 100 calories without protein powder

• ½ frozen banana

• ½ apple

• ¼ cup of uncooked oats

• 1 cup almond milk

• Pinch of cinnamon, to taste

• Ice cubes, to taste

 

Moon River Wellness herbalist Kali Higgins believes in the healing potential of nature.

 

When it comes to packing school lunches, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Registered dietitian for PowerUp4Kids, Marna Canterbury, offers these tips for fun—and easy—school lunches.
 

 

Many people can use a little help waking up in the morning or getting through the workday, which often leads to coffee. St.

 

Fall—October in particular—is the season in which you can don sandals while bundling up in sweaters, admire the colorful leaves, and eat and drink to your heart’s content. This year, put down the pumpkin-infused latte, and spice things up with a pumpkin spiced martini.