Apple orchard: take three

September 29, 2014

This past weekend was unseasonably gorgeous. I’m not talking kind of nice, I’ll take what I can get. I’m talking 80 degrees, got a little bit sunburned because I’m out of the habit of sunscreen. GLORIOUS!

After spending all morning on Sunday working on wedding details (no pictures just yet, you’ll have to wait just a few more days before I’ll share), enough was enough and it was time to get outside. A quick run didn’t satiate me, so I grabbed my hubby-to-be and a newly engaged couple and we headed to the apple orchard.

The apple trees are located in fields behind the large oaks that are changing colors…beautiful!

I don’t know what it is about orchards, but I’m a serious fanatic. This is the third time I’ve been to the orchard this year, and I have serious doubts that it will be my last. There’s a quiet excitement to hopping on the tractor trailer and being taken out to the fields where row upon row of trees await, each one bent over with the weight of innumerable apples just waiting to be picked. Even the ground is full of apples, for the trees are often too laden and must shed their load lest their branches break from the weight of their fruit.

After tasting many different varieties, we filled our bags with apples (Keith and I brought over 20 pounds home with us!) and turned our sights to pumpkins. One thing I love about Keith (and believe me, there are an incredible number of things I could share) is that I’m always learning something new. He told me that in Ireland, pumpkins are only used for carving; he’d never seen them used as decoration! I purchased a few despite his (somewhat) confused state, and later that evening, as we were driving in the neighborhood, he started counting all the pumpkins on people’s doorsteps. It averaged out to about one per home (clearly some had none while others had a multitude). He asked what it was about pumpkins that made people use them for decorations, and I really had to think about why exactly we use them. Needless to say, I made a few things up (though they sounded great I’m sure) and we speculated all the way home about autumn in America.

So now my counter is overflowing with apples. Plans include dehydrating, more apple butter (crockpot style, recipe to come), and probably a few apple crisps.

What is your favorite part about fall?

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