We bought our bags and took a short tractor ride to the orchards to pick. There were rows and rows of trees with different kinds of apples. I was set on getting golden delicious and crispen, but also mosied on over to the red delicious. We had a blast - there may even have been a fallen apple war...those suckers hurt when chucked.
Even some of the fallen apples were in prime condition.
This bird had the right idea. Who wouldn't love a home that constantly smelled of fresh apples and afternoon sunshine?
I find U-picks to be such a humbling experience. For me, it really amplifies the idea of the natural food chain and how we once were as humans - we thought and prepared for planting, we worked and cared for crops, we harvested and preserved for the future. People were always thinking one step ahead. I have such a respect for farmers as they carry on this tradition.
All in all, the 4 of us brought home 5 overflowing bags of apples...
...and a growler of Becker Farm's own brewed Octoberfest.
So, what should I make with all these apples? What's your favorite recipe with apples?