The smell of apples permeates the air. Applesauce is simmering on the stove, combining a few different types of this fall fruit. Apple pie with a crumbly topping is baking in the oven.
After picking apples, it’s fun to wash, peel, and make them into fabulous food. I like my applesauce warm with some cinnamon and sugar stirred in. A slice of apple pie for dessert served with vanilla ice cream is sweet and satisfying. Or, like my Grandpa always said, “Apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze.” Maybe you prefer your pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.
Variety is the spice of life. Sprinkling some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg on apples makes for a tasty snack. What’s your favorite kind of apple? There are so many varieties. Macintosh, Sweet Tango, Empire, Granny Smith, Crispin, Cortland, and many others.
For the freshest variety of apples, pick them yourself. It’s a great family outing in the crisp fall air. There is a lot of fall fun to be had nearby. Try these apple Western New York picking spots!
• Greg’s U-Pick Farm in Clarence Center
• Becker Farms in Gasport
• Hall’s Apple Farm in Lockport
• LynOaken Farms in Medina
You are sure to find more than just apples at these locations. Buy a pie if you don’t want to bake your own. Pick up a pumpkin and peruse fresh produce and bakery goodies. Sip some apple cider and munch on a donut after your apple picking since you most likely worked up an appetite.
‘A’ is for autumn, apples, and activities that celebrate the season and make memories with your loved ones.