Oct 20, 2009

An Apple a Day

Apple pie. Apple cobbler. Applesauce. Apple cider. Apple juice. Apple pancakes. Apples in oatmeal. Apples with cheddar cheese. Apples. Apples. Apples. Everybody loves apples! And what is the most fun thing to do in the Fall in the Northeast? Go apple picking!!! And so off we went. A gorgeous, windy Fall day. “We’re off to pick the apples!” An hour and half and 25 “are we there yet?”s from Ethan, we arrived. Green Mountain Orchards was beautiful.

Arriving at the orchards:
















































125 acres of apples. Rows and rows of apple trees.

A beautiful view:



















So many apples. So many choices. Cortland, Empire, Fortune, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Ida Red, Macintosh, Macoun, Mutzu, Northern Spy, Red Spy. Who knew there were so many types of apples? And who came up these names?

Have you ever seen so many apples?



















Luckily after some conversation and taste testing in the barn, we were able to fine tune our apple picking quest: Honey Crisp for chomping and Northern Spy for pie.

In the barn...taste testing!



















Off and running to the apple trees!
























Wow! Look at them all!
























Honey Crisp...our favorite!











































Need a ladder?



















Going up...
























"I got it!!! I got it!!!"
























Working hard...what a view:




















Hey, you're driving the apple truck?



















This says it all!


















"Yummy!!!"
























I loved it when Ethan said, “Mommy, these apples taste crispier than the ones we get in the grocery store.” “These apples are better!” Yup! They are! Always better if you can pick from the tree and eat! Note to self: sign up for that fruit and veggie co-op! And buy local! A few hours and a bushel or so of apples later...we had a lot of eating and baking lined up to do!

Our favorite apple pie recipe is from Blue Heron Ranch in Cooking Off the Grid. We skip the corn starch and cut back on the sugar. Love the whole wheat crust option!

Our favorite apple snacks:
Sliced apples & Grafton Vermont cheddar cheese
Sliced apples & nuts (almonds, walnuts)
Sliced apples & seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
Diced apples & granola

And just plain APPLES!!!!!

What a fun day…running with Ethan through rows of apple trees, admiring the beautiful views, and picking picking picking lots of apples!

Ethan's words before falling asleep on the way home...“Mommy, I want to go apple picking again…tomorrow!”

Just remember...


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