Dana Slatkin

Twelve Farmgirl Finds for Fall

When summer days fade into sweet memories and there’s no turning back, face fall with cool ambition. These tasty finds and trendsetting tricks say, “Full speed ahead!”

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chalky talk labels
1. Chalky Talk Labels

I love the back-to-basics look of these cool black labels for late-summer canning and pre-fall organizing. The assorted set comes with a chalk stick, but I recommend purchasing a chalk pen, which is easier to write with and wipes off clean.

mason jars
2. Mason Jars

Capture summer in these vintage blue glass jars with airtight lids. They’re what I use to organize my pantry staples as well as for making Nectarine Butter, Spicy Tomato Chutney, Nectarine and Apricot Chutney, and Sugar-free Apricot Compote.

workout jars

3. Chillaxing workout pants

Even when the air starts to get cooler, there’s no need to ditch your outdoor workouts. These comfy harem pants go from hike, bike, or power walk to lunch without a hitch.

lokai bracelet4. Lokai Bracelet

With all the strife in the world right now, I’m up for wearing anything that symbolizes the highs, lows and continuity of our human journey. This bracelet contains mud from the Dead Sea, water from Mt. Everest, and a message of co-existence. My daughter’s favorite addition to her “camp wrist.”

le creuset ceramic mugs5. Ceramic mugs from Le Creuset

I drink hot beverages 365 days a year, but as mornings turn darker and cooler, I really start craving some warm comfort. I discovered these mugs online and fell in love with their groovy ombré colors.

coconut bacon 6. Coconut Bacon

Who would have guessed coconut could transform into bacony bits? I nibble these along with roasted pumpkin seeds, sprinkle them on sautéed greens, toss them onto salads, and mix them in eggs. They’re crunchy, smoky, and totally addictive.

butter knives7. Butter knives

Butter is back! Top-of-the-line goat’s milk and sheep’s milk butters call for a place of their own on your table. Spread them in style with these gorgeous knives from one of my favorite metal makers. Made in France since 1920, Laguiole knives are beautifully-crafted objets to covet or collect.

cropped sweater8. Cropped sweater

Transition to cooler climes with long sleeves and a slightly cropped profile. Layer it over a plaid or printed blouse with a collar for a pulled-together, downtown look.

glass beverage bottles9. Glass beverage bottles

I love the convivial vibe of these engraved glass bottles for water, wine, oil and vinegar, even maple syrup. I’ve been using the one with the Peace sign all summer. If only peace were that easy.

prep bowls in rainbow colors10. Rainbow prep bowls

These adorable prep bowls make cooking with spices easy, and they double as mini dishes for salt and pepper, vitamins, olive pits…you name it.

ugg flip flops11. UGG Flip Flops

If I haven’t already bought you a pair of these for your birthday (it’s my go-to gift), go treat yourself. Like wearing bunnies on your feet. Just remove the bow to make them unisex. Pictured is my favorite color.

12. Blogs I’m Loving

There’s more chatter than ever in the blogosphere, and we only have time for so many blogs. I’m loving the ones that offer positivity, humility, and original content. These definitely make my life better…

Daily Good
A daily report of good things happening around the world. Just the right dose of inspiration and warm fuzzies to get us through another day.

First We Feast
A fun, slightly snarky rundown of what’s happening in the food universe. Enlightening and informative but never pedantic, it’s good and mercifully succinct food journalism.

My New Roots
Sarah Britton has won numerous awards and even has a TEDx Talk. I love that she doesn’t flood your Inbox with posts every other day, and her recipes are as down-to-earth, quirky, and full of joi de vie and she is.

Being the Francophile I am, I drool over Mimi Thorisson’s posts. How she manages to raise seven kids and twenty dogs on a picture-perfect farm in Medoc, France, all while looking model-gorgeous and cooking still life-like meals for a small army every day completely awes me. Can you say girl crush? Her cookbook comes out in October!

Marc and Angel Hack Life
Better than a visit to your therapist, these guys really know how to keep it real and positive. They never skimp on good advice…and they’re always right.

What are some of your favorite fall things? Got any kitchen gadgets, cooking tips, or cookbooks to recommend? Share them with Farmgirl readers in the comment box below and I promise to post them!


My Fall Farmgirl Classes will post soon! If you live in the Los Angeles area, make sure you are signed up as a subscriber to get the schedule in your Inbox. If you aren’t local, don’t worry – I always post a recipe or two from my classes!


Congratulations to Sherry Mannello of Encino, California and Betsy Garrigues of Bozeman, Montana for winning my Summer Giveaway. Enjoy your fabulous ceramic knives from Kyocera!



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  1. Audrey says:

    The lokai bracelets are so cool and I love the chalkboard label idea! Love the post <3

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