I love fall. In fact, I spend 8 months out of the year wishing it was fall. Crisp air, changing leaves, pumpkin spice, pumpkin cookies, pumpkins in general....

...and what's fall without pumpkins? The symbol of the season shows up in food, fun and decoration.  The Salt Lake City Farmer's Market is wrapping up its 2010 season this Saturday at Pioneer Park with a Pumpkin Festival, highlighting the fall harvest. Shop for decorative gourds, corn stalks and pumpkins perfect for carving. A pumpkin decoration station will also be set up. Kids can pick their pumpkins from the patch and paint, glitter, glue and feather them to personalize.

The weather forecast looks to be near-perfect for Saturday morning, clear and warm fall weather.  Since there hasn't been a true freeze this season, summer produce is still fresh. You'll also find all sorts of in season fall fruit and veg. Think apples (apple crisp is callin'), all sorts of squash (banana,acorn, spaghetti...), and an abundance of sweet summer tomatoes. Zucchini, eggplant, plums and the final crop of peaches will also make an appearance at the market.

Viking Cooking School will present a cooking demo featuring pumpkins. The menu is full of gourd-goodness with pumpkin gratin and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

The last market takes place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by for brunch, music from Marinade and great pumpkins (yes, Linus, there is such a thing). And don't forget to stop by the SLmag booth and say hi!

(credit to my Uncle for growing the massive punk'n above...could this be the great pumpkin linus was waiting for?!)