Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pickin' and a Grinnin'

It's fall in New York and that means one thing: Apples!

Did you know that apples are actually a member of the rose family of plants?  (Along with pears, peaches, cherries and plums!)  There are 100 different varieties of apples grown commercially in the US, with the majority of the crops found in about 36 states...and New York is one of them!

Apples tend to grow pretty well up here in the North because they blossom in late spring, minimizing frost damage.  New Yorkers have been taking a bite out of the apple crop since 1730, when the first apple nursery opened in Flushing, NY.

Over the weekend we embraced the wonderful weather and went hunting for the perfect apples at our local orchard in Saratoga County.  We went to Bowman Orchards last year and it was such a good experience we decided to go back!

They say Americans eat 19.6 pounds of apples every year....

...Good thing we snagged 33 pounds this year!  The bonus:  anyone who comes to visit us this year will receive a complimentary apple pie.