Fall Adventures: Apple Picking

by ClearanceCharms

In our fast paced, on-the-go society, it may seem inconvenient to venture anywhere other than the supermarket to get groceries. People who share this mentality have no idea on what they are missing out on! It is not necessarily about the food that is involved – it is all about the experience. There is something so magical about picking apples on a cool autumn day.

For all of you who have been fortunate enough to partake in this amazing activity, you know exactly what I mean. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains where there is an apple orchard or roadside stand around every corner. When fall rolls around, it becomes Apple Country. Tourists flood in to see the illuminated leaf colors and to enjoy the simplicity of apple picking. There is nothing as refreshing as crunching into an apple that you have picked yourself – you can almost taste the crisp fall air in every bite.

The prime time to pick apples is between late September and early November depending on the type of apple and the climate/weather. The most abundant apple growth in the United States is in the Northeast and the Northwest. If you live in these areas, apple picking should go to the top of your ‘To Do’ list. If you live elsewhere, I highly recommend a fall road trip! There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy at the orchards – hay rides, pumpkin patches, hikes, etc.

If you think a peck or a bushel of apples is just too much for you, remember they will last up to 90 days when refrigerated. Since my mother would kill me for giving out her family recipes, below I have compiled a list of delicious recipes from the chefs of Food Network to help you utilize the fresh apples you have. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Recipes:

Apple Pie

Spiced Apple-Pear Cider

Waldorf Salad

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Brie Calzone

Apple Crisp

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4 Comments to “Fall Adventures: Apple Picking”

  1. My husband and I have an apple orchard with over a hundred different varieties. Apple picking here in New England is a family tradition and even the youngest children seem to enjoy it.

  2. I love autumn. Apple picking is so much fun too, as is the juicing of the apples. Watch out for drunken wasp bites though!

  3. Another middle-of-the-country apple retreat is in NE Missouri in a small town called Waverly. They just had an Apple Jubilee that celebrates the harvest time this last weekend and I wish we could’ve been there! Love the post!

  4. I just went apple picking a week ago! So fun and rewarding!!! 😀 It doesn’t feel like fall in my house until we’ve gone apple picking

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