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A bushel of Android apps for fall

by Kristen Nicole

The equinox has passed, and it's officially autumn. Cooler weather, changing leaves and the excitement of the holidays bring thoughts of fall menus, festivals and pumpkin patches. Check out these Android apps to kick the season off right.

Cooking, shopping and planning

Planning a harvest meal? Epicurious can get you started. Search the free Android app for recipes or receive recommendations. Create a grocery list from your saved recipes, referencing it while shopping for items. Also included are editorials on seasonal meal ideas, with wine pairings and other tips.

Navigate to an apple orchard or search for a nearby pumpkin-carving contest with Aloqa. This free Android app searches local businesses and events, drilling down through categories to make it easier to find what you need. Filter searches for ATMs or fast food, farmers' markets or fairs.

Garden Snob is a mobile referencing tool for gardening tips. The free Android app offers gardening tips, tricks and ideas for optimal growing, covering a range of plants and growing conditions. Garden Snob accesses the web for search results, but is one of the few apps of its kind in the Android market.

Cozy campfires this season? Try the Camping Trip Planner. The 99-cent Android app is a customizable organizer with hundreds of pre-populated and categorized items. Check for water jugs and lighters under the Cooking tab, and view at a glance which checklists have been completed.

Events and entertainment

Get in the autumn spirit with a cheery pumpkin. The new Carve a Halloween Pumpkin app on Android lets you make your own design for your jack-o-lantern. Change the color of your gourd, write on it, and give it a spooky or goofy expression. Save and share your spirited creations with friends. The full version of the app is priced at 99 cents.

You might not have a real harvest to worry about this season, but your digital crops still need tending. The Farmville Helper app is a regularly updated chart of your game's crops, so you can manage your farm like a pro. The full version of this Android app will cost you 99 cents.