By Chris Griffy
Autumn is upon us and as the leaves begin to turn and the air gets cooler, thoughts turn to everyone’s favorite fall vegetable, the pumpkin. From a pumpkin spice latte to get your day started to pumpkin desserts of every kind to satisfy your sweet tooth, Atlanta’s local merchants have something for every need. If you venture a little bit out of the city, you can even pick your own pumpkin for Halloween or recipe making at an area pumpkin patch.
Ebrik Coffee Room
16 Park Place South S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
You can get a pumpkin spice latte at one of any chain coffee house throughout Atlanta. But if you prefer to shop local, Ebrik Coffee Room is the spot for you. Ebrik’s advantage over the chain coffee shops is the local touch. Emphasizing the community aspect of a local business, Ebrik hosts local community charity and arts events, as well as offering a comfortable environment to relax. But even if you’re in and out, Ebrik is a great destination as their pumpkin lattes are regularly voted among Atlanta’s best.
Southern Baked Pie Company
3145 Peachtree Road, Suite 165
Atlanta, GA 30505
If there’s anything that epitomizes Fall more than pumpkin coffee drinks, it’s the pumpkin pie. A well-prepared pumpkin pie is the highlight of any family dinner, or raise the quality of dinner alone. If your baking skills, or your busy life, aren’t up to a perfect pumpkin pie, the folks at Southern Baked Pie Company have you covered. Launched in 2012, Southern Baked Pie Company features pumpkin as one of the numerous seasonal pie offerings. They also offer a selection of sweet and savory pies of other kinds to round out your order.
Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery
220 Sandy Springs Circle
Atlanta, GA 30328
Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery is a true Atlanta success story. Started in 2005 out of owners Geoff and Katie Melkonian’s kitchen, Breadwinner’s signature item has always been its pumpkin bread. Using Katie’s grandmother’s recipe as a base, the couple sold bread to local restaurants and shops before opening their own cafe in 2010. Now they bake and ship pumpkin and other flavors of bread all over the country. But locals can still visit the Cafe to get the freshest pumpkin bread in the Atlanta area, as well as a selection of soups, sandwiches, and salads.
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Jake’s Ice Cream
660 Irwin St.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Most pumpkin preparations for Fall are hot, such as the lattes, bread, and pies we’ve previously had in this list. But that doesn’t mean a cold pumpkin preparation isn’t welcome. After all, a good scoop of ice cream is refreshing year-round! At least that’s the philosophy of the folks from Jake’s Ice Cream, whose dozens of ice cream flavors include two different pumpkin preparations. There’s the standard pumpkin ice cream, which is available year-round. But there’s also a seasonal variety called Pumpkin Piescream. It’s a homemade pumpkin pie mixed into Jake’s ice cream with a hint of nutmeg.
Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch
3565 North Highway 155
Stockbridge, GA 30281
If you want to take the family out to see pumpkins in their natural environment, it requires a trip outside the city. In this case, a quick 35 minute drive south to Stockbridge and Yule Forest’s Pumpkin Patch. One of the largest pumpkin patches in Georgia, you can buy a pre-cut pumpkin or cut your own. But there’s more for the family to do at Yule Forest than just buy a pumpkin. You can also take a hayride, visit a petting zoo, or take a trip through the hay maze.
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