Columbus Day Weekend

Here in the United States we have an odd holiday called “Columbus Day Weekend.” Ostensibly, it’s to commemorate the West’s discovery of the New World. But, like most holidays, the date itself is unconnected to the actual event, and has been moved to a Monday to create a long holiday weekend. Hence, the words both “day” and “weekend” next to each other as if it makes any sense at all.

Here in New England, Columbus Day is really the “it’s autumn!” weekend, when hordes descend on orchards and farmstands to buy these:

and these:

However, some people in my family think that Columbus Day is actually “cider donut day,”

which, when you think about it, is a rather good excuse for a holiday.


  1. OMG! Those donuts look amazing! Donuts don’t usually “send” me but I could use one of those right now!

  2. This time of year reminds me of when I took care of my grandmother’s home after she passed away – the huge semi trucks full of onions that had been harvested going to the Onion House. I would have the front lawn clean and pristine – along came the trucks spreading onion skins ALL OVER THE PLACE!

    I went by there recently – it appears the heirs to the farms decided to sell. Almost all the farms are gone replaced by huge subdivisions.

    • I guess we all have different seasonal memories. I suppose that in you mind you smell onions, not wet leaves when you think of fall.

  3. Bought all of those and more this weekend! Although I must confess, the house was already decorated for fall- wreaths, pumpkins, corn stalks, etc. I do love decorating for the holidays! Now we’re settling in to an evening with some company, and the dinner of choice? Enchiladas courtesy of your cook book! I’ll report back with a delicious-ness rating! :)

    • Are you using the 1,000 Lowfat Recipes Cookbook? (note for everyone else out there – it’s now available as an ebook!) You picked the perfect recipe for a fall day.

  4. I absolutely LOVE your blog. I’ve had it listed on my list of blogs I read for quite a while.I am a crazy chicken nut. I am currently a one woman force to be reckoned with. I have made it a project of mine to try to persuade our town council to allow chickens and bee hives on residential lots.

  5. look at you with your fancy phone app! Still no real sign of autumn here, although the extreme heat has abated thankfully, the leaves are only just starting to turn. Tortoise is still up and about – it’s not autumn until he’s subterranean by his own design!

  6. Last weekend I made donuts for the first time (cider ones, too!). It was an ….. interesting adventure. I found out you can not regulate the temperature on the turkey fryer that was loaned to us for the purpose. Our results were variable (but tasty). Even in too warm Florida, we try to celebrate fall!

  7. Hi Ryan- if you click on my bios page you’ll see info about my animals. I also have the “Gems” – the hens in the big barn. There are twelve.