When folks think of autumn foods it’s usually pumpkins, apples, and warm spices. Of course all of these things are true to the season, but there’s far more to be explored. Historically, autumn and winter are prime time for preserved foods that will keep well for the coming months and provide food when the growing season is over. Cheese, dry cured meats, tree nuts, and honey all represent the bounty that presents itself after the cold has set in and the days have begun to grow short.
Last weekend I decided to go on a mission to create a spread that consisted of these traditional Autumn foods with a focus on fantastic locally produced items. Chester County has a rich agricultural community, and top-notch artisan producers to boot.