Expand your scope this fall and find out how pumpkins are more than just porch ornaments and the stuff pies are made of. All of the places below have found inventive and delicious ways to use this vegetable in a range of products you might not necessarily associate with this Halloween staple, but there’s so much more to this versatile squash than jack ‘o’ lanterns.

Mae’s Bakery
2770 Lenox Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 565-0938
www.maesbakeryatl.com

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Mae’s Bakery is the dream child of Beth Castro, and she puts everything she has into creating quality baked goods for Atlanta. Using only the freshest, top-quality ingredients, she makes both traditional and seasonal treats like cookies, muffins, cupcakes and more. Check in this fall for her pumpkin cream cheese muffins; grab a dozen of these and you’ll be the star of the office.

Breadwinner Breads
220 Sandy Springs Circle
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 843-0224
www.breadwinnerbreads.com

Is it a cake? Is it a bread? Who cares, just slice another piece! Rightly described as ‘sumptuous,’ Breadwinner Breads has a menu that’ll make you skip a meal to leave room for more. Its ‘Party at my Place’ pumpkin bread is perfect for fall, and its ‘secret blend of spices’ gives this delicious bread a taste that’s delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The Ice Cream Bar
(404) 614-0006
www.theicecreambar.com

Beer and ice cream? Should such a combination be allowed? Well it is, and it’s good! The Ice Cream Bar was said to be created after an unfortunate beer spillage near an ice cream maker – a happy mistake. Head on over to the website to find a restaurant, liquor store or convenience store near you that stocks this Atlanta-created product. For fall, be sure to try the pumpkin ale beer ice cream.

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Fest-of-Ale
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Dates: Thursdays in Oct., 2014

Enjoy the best of beer and live music this fall. Atlanta Botanical Garden holds this event every Thursday in October from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It also hosts fun activities throughout the evening, including pumpkin carving. Try the Blue Point pumpkin ale during the event, perfectly themed for the season.

Saba
1451 Oxford Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 377-7786
www.saba-restaurant.com

Fall means comfort food, right? Well, the pasta on the menu at Saba will not disappoint. Deliciously crafted sauces top perfectly prepared pasta, whether you are a tomato or cream sauce pasta aficionado. Check out the ravioli on the menu: “pumpkin with spices and ricotta cheese in a brown butter sauce.” That description practically speaks for itself – so head on down to Saba and try it out, so you can speak for it too!

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Katy Light is an avid home cook. She loves nothing more than using home grown and harvested produce, milk from her own goats and naturally raised meat in her recipes. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.