The leaves are turning from rich greens to vibrant oranges and reds as we slide into fall.
This time of year has always screamed apple picking at my local orchards for myself and my family. The tradition started when my children were young. We always had a yearly visit to our favorite orchard. We picked bushels of apples, had fresh apple cider and warm donuts made right at the orchard, and then my kids would get to ride the ponies before we called it a day.
Over the next week or so, a portion of the apples we picked were made into homemade apple pies to be enjoyed throughout the fall and winter. Some of the apples not made into pies were cooked down into tasty chunky applesauce with cinnamon to be enjoyed either hot or cold. Even now, just the thought of the heavenly smells of cooking apples and cinnamon makes my mouth water. The rest of the apples were used for eating, making baked apples, apple bread, or caramel apples.
Fast forward to today. I don’t have the time to make all the pies. Still, I will indulge in going to the apple orchard, picking a much smaller amount of apples, and savor all the sights and smells that make this such a lovely season.
The next best thing to all the fresh apples are my apple-flavored teas.
Apple Cinnamon French Toast, Apple Chai Green Tea, Organic Grandma’s Apple Pie Rooibos, or Apple Cinnamon Herbal are fabulous choices. These hit the spot. Their smells and aromas certainly make me feel like I’ve been slaving over a hot stove and oven, creating apple deliciousness.
I hope you make time to visit a local apple orchard and enjoy all they have to offer. The orchards also sell freshly baked apple goodies you can take home, and might I suggest you pair them with some of my delicious apple teas. It’s the best of both worlds.