Saturday morning, Matthew received a phone call from his best friend. “Do you want to go apple picking?” My ears perked up at the news……apple picking? “Can I tag along?”
Saturday was the perfect day to set out to Watson’s Farm in Bowmanville. I love that we are just a hop, skip and a jump away from picking our own apples. Cortland apples are in season. Ripe for the picking. Ready for pies, cakes, muffins and sauce. Yummy!
Watson’s Farm was filled with fall’s harvest. Fresh beans, corn, pumpkins, squash, honey, even raspberries and fall strawberries. Definitely picking up some sweet yellow corn for Saturday Night Rib Night on the way out!
Matthew, our friends and I each took a bag and hopped on the tractor that led us out to the apple orchard. We all headed for the Cortland’s orchard and set to work.
Matthew carefully twisted the apples from their branches. Easy picking.
Matthew and I combined our apples to make one overflowing bag.
Matthew’s friend sampled a Cortland………. crunch………………..delicious!
After dropping off our loot in the trunk of the car, we headed off to the animal petting area. A calf, goats, pigs and a sheep were all carolled in and eager to come and say hello to us.
Getting a little taste of the country life so close to home is a real treat. A fun fall adventure for the whole family, young or old, to partake in. An adventure that will continue once at home……………what am I going to do with all these apples?
Making homemade applesauce is really so simple.
Just four ingredients: apples, a bit of water, local honey and a touch of cinnamon.
Using my apple slicer, I cored and sliced 15 apples, peeled and then sliced them in half again.
Tip: Buckwheat/Amber Honey makes a nice addition. I like to add a little bit to my dish of homemade applesauce. I love how the hint of molasses/caramel compliments the tartness of the apples. Yummy!
An Aside: As a child, Michael loved to pick apples. Unfortunately, the next day his hands would break out in the worst eczema. It was better to go on a cooler day when he could where little gloves to protect his hands.
P.S. Sunday afternoon was spent making and freezing an apple pie for Thanksgiving and one for dessert. One must enjoy the ‘fruits’ of one’s labour!
P.P.S. Check out my blog in the week before Canadian Thanksgiving (October 10, 2011). I will be posting my Dairy, Egg and Soy Free Apple Pie recipe. You don’t want to miss it!
P.P.P.S. As always, any products I mention in these posts are my own personal recommendations. No one’s paying me to recommend them. They’re just what has worked for our family. Your own needs and preferences may be different!
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