Hello October

Saturday Oct 01, 2022

In the old Roman calendar, October was the eighth month of the year, and it got its name from the word ‘Octo’ meaning eight.

The Saxons called it Wyn Monath because it was the season of winemaking.

As October arrives the leaves begin to change colour, transforming England’s landscape into an array of autumn colours. Thoughts of cooler days and nights drawing in, Halloween, pumpkins, and warming foods spring to mind.

October is best known for its Halloween festivities, but it’s also a month loaded with national and global celebrations. In addition to spooky revelry, October’s schedule includes multiple days relating to food and drink appreciation and bullying awareness.

So, what’s going on in October?

Dates for your diary:

  • 3rd October – Join us at our Chelmsford Macmillan coffee morning
  • 4th October – National Vodka Day – Raise your glass and have a toast to one of the world’s most versatile spirits, vodka. Try infusing your own vodka, buying a new flavour, or making a new cocktail. National Vodka Day is a great time to raise your glasses to one of the world’s favourite alcoholic drinks.
  • 6th October – Join us at our Braintree Macmillan coffee morning
  • 10th October – World Porridge Day – Celebrate the history and origin of this rich and delicious breakfast, and all the health benefits it brings.
  • 10th October – Are you a member with us? If so, come along to our Interim Meeting of Members and find out what we’ve been up to for the first half of our financial year.
  • 10th – 16th October – UK Coffee Week
  • 19th October – Join us on our members’ trip to Norfolk
  • 21st October – Apple Day
  • 21st October – Global Champagne Day
  • 24th – 28th October– Half Term (For most Essex schools)
  • 28th October – Local Food Tasting available in our Danbury Store (10am -2pm)
  • 30th October – Remember to put your clocks back one hour at 2am!
  • 31st October – Happy Halloween – we have lots of Halloween offers available in our food stores and Halloween recipes available on our website.

Star Signs for October

  • Libra (September 23 – October 22)
  • Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Birth Flowers for October

October has two birth flowers: the Marigold and Cosmos. Both stems prosper during the summer and autumn and have rich legacies in history, gardening, and folk medicine.

Field of Orange Marigold Flowers

Birth Stones for October

Those born in October enjoy two spectacular birthstones to commemorate their birthdays – opal and tourmaline. Both October birthstones have endless colour combinations and beautiful colouring characteristics.

Eat in Season this October…

As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, we all enjoy tucking into warming dishes of food

Hearty stews, bakes and soups can all be made from the seasonal fruit and veg that you can harvest or buy at this time of year.

Whether you’re a keen gardener or like to buy from farm shops, greengrocers and markets, you can get hold of lots of fresh fruit and veg during October.

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chillies
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Marrow
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions and shallots
  • Pak choi
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes (maincrop)
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Swede and turnip
  • Winter squash and pumpkins

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Quince
  • Autumn-fruiting raspberries

    A collection of fresh and healthy autumnal fruits and vegetables.