We’re just about through the second week of fall. The kids are well-and-truly back to school, Jewish High Holy Days are pretty much wrapped up for the year, and we can see the winter holiday season at the end of the tunnel. Before we get there, though, it’s time for football games, seasonal beers with “harvest” in their name, and changing leaves. We’ll leave you to find your games, and we’re not going to tell you what beer to drink (we’ll leave the know-it-all vibe to Brooklyn) – instead, we’re getting together a list of places you can go check out some great fall foliage without leaving New York City limits. Next week we’ll be running a list of places you and the fam can go Wild Out on some nature.
Before we get there, though, let’s look into why all these trees change color in the first place. Think back to highschool life science classes – you learned about how plants maintain homeostasis (the correct balance of chemicals, temperature, and moisture for sustaining life) by converting energy from sunlight into the ability to process nutrients. The sunlight gets converted by a cellular organism (the “cells that make up a cell,” as it were) called chlorophyll, which resembles a little green pill floating around in the cells that make up leaves. It’s important to remember that leaves, like most living things, are translucent. When the light of the sun shines through a leaf, it has to pass through so much chlorophyll that it makes the leaf look green along the way. In reality, though, that leaf has a color, and it’s probably not green – by the time autumn rolls around, all of the chlorophyll has decayed and is no longer it’s bright emerald green. Now, when the sunlight shines through the leaf, we get to see the plant’s original color. In general, most of the colors are warm – lots of golds, reds, maroons, oranges and browns. As the season wears on, these pigments will start to decay as well – that’s why we see the tones on the trees get more and more “earthy” as we get closer to winter.
Next Tuesday we’ll be running a list of great spots to check out, and later this fall we’ll be sharing some of our shop’s favorite harvest recipes! #allaboutfall