Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It is officially fall in spite of the heat we have been enduring! And what is a classic fall fruit? Yup, that would be apples, and we are lucky enough to live close enough to two different apple picking locales that we made a trip out this past weekend to Oak Glen to go apple picking. In spite of the 40% chance of rain from thunderstorms (our local weather systems have been rather manic depressive the past few weeks!) it was a beautiful sunny day, almost too hot, note my sunburnt shoulders, sigh...
The apples available for picking this first weekend in October were Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Rome Beauty. Since I detest Red Delicious apples we got a peck sized bag and filled it up with Granny Smiths and Rome Beauties. The trees were all around 6-7 feet tall, plenty low enough for a little girl to reach the lower limbs to pick off ripe worm-free apples. I was expecting apple trees more the size of what were depicted in The Wizard of Oz, but these were great. After seeing myself and Mister Vonkysmeed pick apples from the trees Lil' Miss was eager to do it herself, taking hold of the branch in one hand and grasping the apple in the other she gave an expert twist and off popped an apple, quickly followed by another and another. Thankfully she did understand about checking the apples for wormholes first so we seem to have gathered a clean batch. Destructo boy didn't really understand what we were up to as he kept picking up half rotten apples from the ground, we finally gave up and had him ride on Daddy's shoulders (which may have been his plan all along!) while we filled up the bag.
I foresee some srious baking in my not too distant future, we like apples here but I fear will not eat them all up as is before they go bad. I have not counted but suspect there are at lease 20 apples in our little bag. I am planning to make a yummy German Apple cake that I have successfully made before and may even try my hand at an apple pie. Anyone know of any really delectable recipes?!
There were even some raspberries still available so Lil' Miss and I went in search of some amongst the rows of vines. We managed to fill our little tray fairly quickly, much more were there than I thought would be. Lil' Miss even caught on pretty quickly about what is ripe versus what isn't quite ready with her instructing me as to what to pick by the end of our last row. I am so looking forward to next spring when we are planning on putting in a little vegetable garden in our sideyard, what fun we'll have then!
Funnily enough Lil' Misses kindergarten class is studying apples this week. They all have to bring in an apple to school and will be painting with them, tasting them, and making applesauce with them. I honestly had no idea when I set up the date for the apple picking expedition that her class was doing this, but it worked out great! She even got called on to tell her class and another kindergarten class at the school about her experience of going apple picking over the weekend, I am such a proud and happy mama!