There's a chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and apples are everywhere. Take full advantage of this too-short season with our apple harvest bucket list. Here are 5 things to do to enjoy our favorite fruit in season!
Go apple picking
Nothing is more fun than picking your own apples. It’s a great opportunity to see where your food comes from, support local orchards, and stock up on fresh, crisp fruit.
We've been taking the kids apple picking every year since before they could walk!
And what do you do with all of those apples you've picked? Read on….
Make an apple dessert
Turn those apples into something sweet! From pies to dumplings to crumbles, put those beauties into something seasonal—and yummy!
No time to bake right now? Here’s a trick we learned from an apple-loving friend. Chop up your apples (enough for a pie), add your spices, and freeze in a plastic bag. When you are ready to bake that pie, your filling is all ready to go in.
Didn’t pick apples yet but want an apple flavored treat? Try our Hard Apple Cider Cinnamon Sugar Donuts.
Enjoy spiced hot apple cider
What’s better than a warm mug of hot apple cider on a cool fall evening? Not much! Pick up some local apple cider and simmer on a stove with cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, and maybe some ginger for a little extra zing. Dress it up with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Or give your cup a cinnamon sugar rim and stir things up with a cinnamon stick.
For the grown-ups, add a little spiced rum. We love (local to us!) Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum.
Find a local apple festival
We’ve not yet gone to an apple festival, but we are looking forward to crossing it off our apple season bucket list this year. Apple festivals are a true celebration of this king of all fall fruits, with fresh apples, cider, baked goods, and apple-themed activities.
Find a local apple festival and indulge in all things apple!
Drink your favorite seasonal cider by the fire
We would be remiss if we didn’t add drinking a seasonal cider to our list. Many cideries release fall spiced, pumpkin, or other seasonal ciders this time of year. Try some new ones or pick an old favorite to sip by a fire under a harvest moon.
Cheers to celebrating apple season!