Every September we take our kids apple picking. It is a sweet and simple tradition that allows us to talk about SO much. Last May we experienced a late last snowfall that decimated up to 95% of some orchards in the area so this year we had to venture a bit farther afield to find local, organic apples--but it was SO worth it.
If you are a gardening nerd like me AND love apples, I highly recommend Reading Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire. The first fourth of the book looks at the fascinating relationship between people and apples.
Some gems from the book:
- Conventional apple growing utilized more pesticides than any other crop.
- The "apple" of the bible actually translates to "red fruit" and, given the geography, was most likely a pomegranate (Hello Persephone and Hades!)
- Apples became ubiquitous to homesteads across North America not because of apple pie, but because of a continent wide desire for hard apple cider.
Here is a link to my favorite baked apple donut recipe, because well, you have to do something with all those apples! And because you can never just GIVE a kid a donut - what kind of life skills would that the teaching?!?!- here is how I make my kids eat their apple donuts!