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october is a transitional month definitely out of summer and almost into holiday - it is actually one of our favorite times of the year.  the air is cool and mostly dry with hints of winter to come.  indian corn, kale, cabbage, squash, cattails, bonfires or pit fires surrounded by adirondacks and a baby alpaca throw.  shades of yellow and grey serve us well...but are also trending in the worlds of fashion and interiors.

at TheBarn, we are pulling in the hand-thrown ceramic platters or field stone slabs to serve grilled meats and cheeses with lovingly prepared jams and chutneys of 'Harvest to Heat', presented in jars from central europe.

moderne ceramic hurricanes with glass inserts highlight any environment, particularly on a sandy beach or lounging on the lawn.  and don't forget the woven leather architect tote to carry your essentials...for warmth - leather flask, woolen pullover, and wafers.

back on the farm, this was the time of our fall harvest - not so much as it relates to produce but meats.  we would select a couple dozen chickens, two cows, a handful of swine, and hunt deer to fill our freezer for the winter.  granny and papa had an ancient oak treat with an extended limb used to drain and skin the larger animals.  and granny would work her magic on the chickens then boil them to soften the feathers, so the kids could pluck the birds and use the feathers in pillows.  nothing was wasted...hog's head cheese, pickled pigs feet, fries gizzards, tongue - yeah, weird stuff!

anyway...give us a look for inspiration in dressing your fall gatherings or your guilty pleasures.

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