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It's starting to feel like fall here at UMass and I couldn't be more excited. It's a great season no matter where you are, but I feel especially lucky to experience it in western Massachusetts.

There are a ton of events happening around here in the fall, and better yet, many of them are food related. I don't want to miss a thing, so I have a new weekend ritual: waking up early on Saturdays and Sundays to get homework done. I know, it's no fun, but it does pay off. Last weekend I got work done early and had plenty of time to check out two local food festivals!

On Saturday, some friends and I headed to the Apple Harvest Festival in downtown Amherst. It's a quick ride to the center of town, but an even prettier walk. (I sometimes forget how close we live to the fouth best college town in the country.) In addition to apples, we saw vendors selling jewelry, paintings, and crafts. They also had lawn games and live bands playing music. It's always great to get outside the campus bubble and meet the people who live in this community. Bonus: So. Many. Puppies.

On Sunday, my rommate and I drove up to Orange for the Noth Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival (catchphrase: "Two Days of Peace, Love, and Garlic.") It was like nothing I've ever been to before--they had garlic cheeses, garlic ice cream, and samples of raw garlic. I chickened out and got a chorizo and arugula taco from a nearby food truck. No garlic, but still good!

What are you doing to celebrate fall? I'm looking forward to hiking, apple cider doughnuts, and picking out pumpkins at Trader Joe's. I've also been checking out this autumn bucket list to keep up with all the events. Happy fall!

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