5 Local Fall Trends You Must Try - The Bend Magazine

5 Local Fall Trends You Must Try

Yes, we know it isn't fall quite yet, but that doesn't mean we can't the Coastal Bend's first cold front in a local way

By: Jessie Chrobocinski   Photo via: Art Museum of South Texas from the Target Texas: drawn worlds exhibition featuring the work of Ashley Thomas

Make the most of the upcoming 2020 Fall season (which really doesn’t begin until September 22nd) with these five local must-try trends. 


Support local farms

Many people usher in the fall season with pumpkin spice everything, but there is a good deal of non-pumpkin foods that are as good for you as they taste. From eggplant, squash, garlic, and peppers to honey, cherry tomatoes, and eggs, many Coastal Bend farmers continue to produce seasonal produce and offer them for purchase at farmers’ markets. So try incorporating locally-sourced food this season and find everything you need to make those staple comfort food favorites at the next farmers’ market.  

Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market | Saturdays 9 am – 12 pm | 5800 Everhart Rd.

Downtown Farmers Market | Wednesdays 5 pm – 7 pm | Art Center of Corpus Christi 

Rockport Downtown Farmers Market | Ever second Saturday 9 am – 12 pm | Downtown Rockport



September indicates the beautiful beginning of the (best) season. Cooler weather or not, warm and spiced comforting dishes and drinks are the names of the game. To celebrate the arrival of Fall, several local coffee shops have added great seasonal java recipes that one must try.

Bloom City Coffee has introduced a Pumpkin Pie and Maple Pecan Latte, giving us some of the year’s yummiest flavors. If you thought Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market didn’t do Fall flavored coffee, think again. This cozy spot added a new brown sugar vanilla syrup and maple cinnamon syrup to their already perfect menu. Get on a roll with Bien Mérité’s Cinnamon Roll Latte, a delightful mix of white mocha, cinnamon, and espresso that’ll have you thinking you’re eating the real thing. Last but not least, get your Fall in a cup with The Coffee Mugg’s Pan de Polvo Latte, great for any time of the day. 


Fall in love with artwork

Autumn serves to help us slowdown from the intensity of summer. No better way to take some time than to peruse the Art Museum of South Texas’s halls. Reflect and engage your imagination with a highlight exhibition of the season, the Target Texas biennial series, a visual exposition bringing together Texan artists to create art in a common medium that showcases their unique talents. On display now until November 29, Target Texas: drawn worlds displays six Texas artists’ visual depictions of their “worlds” in graphite. Aiding viewers to envision answers to “what compels artists to make their work?” through illustrations of their interior thought, memory, and imagined states of being. 


Take a Hike (Coastal Bend style)

When the weather begins to cool, the Coastal Bend’s nature trails really shine in all their coastline glory. At Sunset Lake Park, the two-mile hike and bike trail constructed on an old railway takes you along one of the most diverse coastal marsh and wetlands on the South Texas coast. Perfect for bird lovers, Hazel Bazemore Park offers sightings the largest concentration of different migratory birdlife. Don’t miss a stop at Padre Island National Seashore, 70 miles of coastline and dunes. Separated by the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, this walk along the sand doubles as a nesting ground for Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles and over 300 different birds species. 


Give back

As we lean into a new season perfect for getting cozy and indulging in fantastic Fall flavors – it’s also a great time to help others. Whether through volunteering, donating, or using your voice, giving back is “in” every season. Donate to the local food bank, offer a helping hand to the elderly, or apply your creativity to make festive fall-themed decór that you can drop off to hospital patients, nursing home residents, or homeless shelters.