A Guide to Fall in Bloomington

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are turning, the scarves and sweaters are appearing—it’s fall in Bloomington!  Unfortunately, the weather turns on a dime (welcome to the Midwest).  Here’s how to take advantage of the season while it lasts.

Seasonal Drinks at Starbucks

As the temperature drops, you’ll want more than your boots and cardigan to keep you warm.  And as the midterms and papers accumulate, you’ll need more than your average four hours of sleep to keep you alert…and sane.  Fortunately the Starbucks in the Indiana Memorial Union serves all of your fall favorites.  My personal preference?  The Salted Caramel Mocha topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

Pumpkin Patch

What better way to celebrate Halloween than a day at the pumpkin patch with your best friends?  For a nearby pumpkin patch check out Fowler Pumpkin Patch.  For extra credit, pick up some cheap carving utensils from Walmart or Target, grab a pile of newspapers, and lock yourselves in your residence hall kitchen to carve your pumpkins and even cook your pumpkin seeds.  Just be sure to clean up the mess!

[Warning:  Do not set the finished pumpkin on top of your microwave and then use the microwave.  Unless, of course, you want to see (and smell) your pumpkin grow an unnatural amount of green mold in just three days.]

Farmer’s Market

Located on Morton Street and open every Saturday from April to November, the farmer’s market is home to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, pastries, etc.  Stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a temporary reprieve from the dining hall food.  I recommend the chocolate chip scones.

Brown County State Park

 As Indiana’s largest state park, Brown Country offers ample room to camp, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish, and even horseback ride.  Located only twenty minutes from campus, Brown County is a convenient alternative to the gym.

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Ashleigh ShermanClass of 2017, Journalism Major, Marketing and Political Science Minor

Hey current and future Hoosiers!  Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Ashleigh Sherman.  I'm from Dublin, Ohio--but don't worry, I'll be rooting for the Hoosiers over the Buckeyes!  I'm majoring in journalism and minoring in marketing and political science.  I'm a reporter for the Indiana Daily Student, a blogger for WeAreIU, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a member of the IU Run Club. I can't wait to share my Hoosier experience with you!