ORANGE YOU GLAD IT'S OCTOBER!

October is here and that means there are pumpkins to carve, costumes to sew, apples to pick and leaves to crunch. There's much to do before the days get shorter and the holidays arrive. Check out our tips to make the most of this time of year when the air is crisp, the pie is warm and the stories are spooky.

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1. BE THE OUTDOORSY TYPE

There's nothing better than fall weather. Take advantage of outdoor activites with your family, before the cold keeps you inside. Check your community's event calendar and go for a hayride, carve out some time to go pumpkin picking and rake the biggest pile of leaves to jump in. Running around in the fresh air is a great way for your family to get exercise and have fun at the same time.

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2. TRICK OR TR(EAT)

With Halloween right around the corner, that means candy, candy and more candy. Balance out all the sugar with a warm fall recipe. Try this Pork, Cheddar and Apple Panini Recipe to take a break from the sweets.

With HHoney Pork Tenderloin Kabobs
Honey Pork Tenderloin Kabobs
Honey Pork Tenderloin Kabobs
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3. SCARY STORY OF FOOD WASTE

Halloween is the perfect time to educate your family on the food waste problem and how we can do our part to waste less. A perfect example-- pumpkins are more than just decoration. Almost every part of a pumpkin can be eaten besides the rind. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a delicious snack or you can season the flesh for a side dish!

GoingSlow Cooker Pork Carnitas
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4. SEASON OF SCENTS

When the weather is brisk, it's a great time to turn the oven on and get baking. Enjoy the scents of apple cinnamon candles, apple cider and homemade apple pie, or indulge in the delicious aroma of Maple Glazed Pork Roast from Farmland Foods.

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