Come fall, we gather up the crew and head off to go apple picking at a nearby orchard. Row after row of deliciously ripe apples, the trees are planted on a hill, so for each different variety, we’re hiking up. Fresh air, exercise and food that doesn’t get more local, it makes for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
This time, they had ripe peaches too, but those were strategically placed at the very top of the orchard (you know, like the milk on the other side of the grocery store entrance), so we staked out a small spot in the shade three-quarters of the way up and relaxed while The Husband volunteered to go to the top. What a champ. Hey, it’s not easy pushing the stroller through the sandy, apple-strewn grounds of the orchard. As the kids and I sat for a few minutes and looked out over the vast fields, we caught a nice breeze and chomped away on the crisp apples we had grabbed so far.
Yesterday the place was hopping, but considering they have a corn maze, a stone labyrinth, a hayride, a General Store and much, much more, it was no surprise. We’ll be back in a few weeks to hunt down their newest apple varieties, and soon pumpkins as well, but in the meantime, it’s going to be homemade apple sauce, apple pie and apple cobblers. And the peaches? Perfect for eating as is, they’ll also be lightly roasted with a little bit of brown sugar for an easy and delicious topping for ice cream.
P.S. Just for fun, last year’s apple picking adventures.
Hungry for more things to do with your apples?
The brilliant food photography that is La Tartine Gourmande is featuring Upside Down Apple Cake.
FX Cuisine has a very unusual Swiss Apple Pasta.
Eggs on Sunday recently made an Sausage, Cheddar and Apple Strata that now, at 10 pm, is making my mouth seriously water.
And lastly, Everybody Likes Sandwiches has a Curried Apple and Lentil Dal.