Oxford, Ohio is picturesque no matter the season but there's something a little extra special about what autumn does to our town. Maybe it's the crisp air and colorful, crunchy leaves. Or the students bundled up nice and cozy on the way to class. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the pumpkin spiced everything.
There are a lot of ways to enjoy autumn in our small but mighty town and we've rounded up just a few suggestions below.
When: Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Pioneer Farm at Hueston Woods (6924 Brown Rd.)
At this year's 55th Annual Apple Butter Festival, thrown by the Oxford Museum Association, you'll not only get to buy apple butter, you'll also have the chance to see how it's made during demonstrations over giant copper pots. There will also be plenty of other food for sale like chili and funnel cakes, plus fun fall items to purchase like pumpkins, gourds, and apple cider. Activities that the kids will love include blacksmithing and spinning, plus there will be handmade crafts for sale so you can get some of your holiday shopping done a little early. Before you leave make sure to take a tour through the historic Doty Homestead and Barn.
Price is $4 for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 get in free.
When: All throughout fall!
Where: You're Fired (6 North Beech St.)
Oxford's paint-your-own-pottery studio is a town favorite, and for a reason! You're Fired has weekly specials and themed classes which means there's always something for everyone. Their regular selection of pottery pieces include animal figurines, bowls and mugs, and plant containers. But there are seasonal pieces, too! Stop by this fall during an open studio time and you can paint anything from pumpkins to more spooky stuff like skeletons and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Some of their upcoming workshops to look forward to include Witch Legs Door Hangers and a Wood Trucks Class, both of which you can sign up for on You're Fired's online calendar.
One of the best parts about fall is saying goodbye to the sometimes-stifling hot summer weather and getting ready for snuggly sweaters and fashionable scarves. Shop some of our locally-owned businesses like Apple Tree (28 E. High St.), Juniper (9 E. High St.), Leeli and Lou (24 E. High St.), and Walkers (1 W. High St.) and have all your chilly weather fashion needs met.
If you've ever been to the Oxford Farmers Market you'll know why we talk about it so much: friendly vendors, lots of fresh produce and baked goods, jewelry, flowers, and so much more. Oh and it's the perfect place to go and pet dogs. Anyway, the Farmers Market runs all year but fall is when the pumpkins and gourds come out. Just check out the photo above of farmer Scott Downing harveting pumpkins to sell at the market! Treat yourself to one or a few. Nothing says fall like a pumpkin on your porch or a few gourds as a centerpiece on the dining room table.
Oxford Farmers Market participates in Produce Perks, a program that allows EBT cardholders to get up to $40 of fruits and vegetables for only $20 off their EBT card.
I'll be writing another article soon about all the places in town to get delicious fall flavors, but for now I'll tide you over with just a few places I know of that are selling pumpkin-flavored treats. Head over to Kofenya (38 W. High St.) for Chubby Bunny brand Pumpkin Donuts. Both Moon Co-Op (512 S. Locust St.) and Books & Brews (107 E. Church St.) also have Chubby Bunny products, with Moon Co-op currently selling Pumpkin Bars and cookies and Books & Brews selling Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. Books & Brews also has a range of Oktoberfest beer as well as Woodchuck brand pumpkin cider. That's right. Pumpkin cider. One word: yum.
When: All autumn long
Where: Butterfields Farm (4000 Oxford Trenton Road)
Long fields of corn are one of my first memories of Oxford, and watching it grow tall on stretches of country road is still one of my favorite indicators that fall is here. I have yet to attempt a corn maze but if there's anywhere in town to try it, it's Butterfields Farm. Grab some friends, head out to the farm, and enjoy this quintessential fall activity. Maybe I'll see you out there! (If I am lost and crying in the fetal position, please help me find my way out.)
In addition to the corn maze, Butterfields Farm also offers hay rides on the weekends, every hour beginning at noon. It's only $3 person and you'll not only be treated to a fun ride, you'll be making a stop in order to see some of Butterfields Farm's very own cows! How adorable is that?
Fall means the start of a lot of things, one of which is the beginning of hockey season! Go cheer on the Miami University RedHawks hockey team during one of their homegames beginning Oct. 6.
And don't forget about football! Once the temperature drops you can wear something cozy from one of the aforementioned local businesses, or throw on your Miami spirit wear, then cheer on the RedHawks football team from the stadium seats.
Both hockey and football tickets can be purchased here.