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The fall is the time to be outdoors as the summer temperatures wind down to cooler, more tolerable days. Now is the time to plan on picking apples! You may have your own trees, but if not, take a trip to your local apple orchard and enjoy the peaceful time you can have and the rewards that later come out of the kitchen.
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Apple Festivals start in September and go into the end of October and first part of November.
We went to Graves’ Mountain Harvest Festival in Syria, Virginia last weekend. We had a fun time getting out and seeing the beautiful scenery, getting to sample some of the festivals treats and listening to good bluegrass music by The Flatland Bluegrass Band.
The festival has proven to be very popular, so much so that the apples had been picked clean by the time we made it last weekend. We were told that this was going into their fifth weekend and they had seen thousands of people come to the festival.
Graves Mountain Apple Orchard
We still had a good time walking around the farm and petting the livestock. They have horses that you can take on trail rides, and they also have hay wagon rides and even small ponies for the very young.
We ended up getting half a bushel of apples from the apple crates that they had on hand. I can vouch for how good they are in pies, we have already gone through one pie in a day and half. I had help.
The great thing about an apple is not only that it tastes good but is good for you.
Research has gone into the apple’s antioxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, benefits for blood sugar regulation, anti-cancer and asthma benefits.
With such a starring role it is hard to not like the apple.
When you shop for apples you will generally see just a few types, that is because the apples that consumers buy are generally just pretty apples. Looks are more than apple-skin, deep.
Most shoppers look for the red, perfectly shaped apple. There’s nothing wrong with that, except you may be missing out on other varieties that may not have the shelf appeal but the taste is where they shine.
You will not see some of the heirloom varieties in the stores. You have to go to orchards to find those such as the Wolf River, Newton Pippin, and the Snow just to name a few.
Some varieties are better for cooking and some for just plain eating. It is hard to go wrong with eating an apple a day.
They are good for your gums and teeth, good for digestion and other health benefits from the nutrition they give us.
When I think of apples I really enjoy this time of year going to an apple orchard. Around Virginia, you will find outstanding produce along with scenery.
My girls and I like going to Graves Mountain Lodge in Virginia to pick apples. They offer pick your own apples fresh from the trees. Varieties include: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Stayman, York, Winesap, Mutsu, Fuji, Granny Smith, Rome, and Empire.
As you can see from the pictures, they have breath taking views. If you wonder about how many to pick, a bushel of apples is about 48 pounds.
This chart gives an idea of weights. Note: When it comes to cooking with apples, it may be helpful to know the following:
- 1 pound of apples = 2 large, 3 medium, or 4 to 5 small apples
- 1 pound of apples = 3 cups peeled and sliced apples
Take the time to take the kids or grandkids outdoors, let them run around and get some fresh air and enjoy the fall festivals.
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by Laurie Calloway
Use only fresh, ripe apples to get the best results.
Apples vary in their natural sweetness. When using sugar in any apple recipe, adjust according to taste. Some apples may require little or no sugar, others more than what is stated in the recipe.
Baking times and temperatures can often vary due to the variety, size, and freshness of your apples. It is a good idea to check on your recipe while the apples are cooking to prevent over-browning of crusts or toppings.
Mixing up different varieties of apples in pies, applesauce, or apple butter often makes a better tasting final product.
A gadget such as an apple peeler/corer can be well-worth the investment if you bake a lot with apples, or can or freeze applesauce.
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