Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires...courage.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall is here...

With the arrival of 'official' fall came the fall weather. It has been much cooler and even cold some days. I think our shorts days are over now until late spring. :( However, with fall also comes the promise of all the fun fall outings and yummy fall produce!

We went today on our Second-annual Woerner-family Apple-picking Hike at The Apple Farm in Victor, NY...only a short distance away. The weather was finally sunny and not too cold (58) so we headed out around 11:30 this morning. We got quite a few empire apples and some golden delicious apples, as well. The owners warned us upon our arrival that all the apples were spotted because they had been "hail-kissed" due to a hail storm, but they assured us they still taste great. They were right; most were very spotted, some had holes in them, and of course we saw and smelled the usual rotten apples that had fallen on the ground. However, we discovered (Karl's smart suggestion) that the apples on the underside were mostly okay, so we began picking from there and ended up with tasty and pretty apples for the rest of our adventure!

I am looking forward to using the apples to make filling for apple pies, homemade applesauce, apple muffins, and just for eating as they are. If any of you have other suggestions for how to use them, please post a comment. We ended up with 33 pounds of apples...

1 comment:

Courtney said...

If you can get your hands on an apple press, we LOVE to make homemade apple juice. We freeze it in gallon ice cream buckets and enjoy it all year long. It's SOOOO much better than store bought.

Also, it's nice to pick up some disposable aluminum casserole pans and freeze apple crisp. It makes a quick dessert for potluck dinners or guests.