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It’s Apple Time!

If September is one thing besides back to school for families– it is Apple time!  The harvest is coming in, the weather is cooling down.  The smell of fresh apples at the orchard makes me want to bite one right away!  And all the apple recipes to tackle–sweet AND savory!  There is a never-ending list going in my head and kitchen!  It’s not just a Wisconsin phenomenon either–it doesn’t matter where you live, the apples beckon!

If you are looking for a good weekend activity for the family, apple picking tops the list!  In our area, check out Door Creek Orchard in Cottage Grove.  The farm raises 85 varieties and has pick your own areas for your family to enjoy.  Fresh cider is produced every Thursday.  Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 5:00, it is a great activity for the kids, and everyone reaps the benefits! or 608.838.4762 for more information.

Would you rather just have the fresh apples without the work?  A little closer to Stoughton is Green’s Pleasant Springs Orchards at 2722 Williams Drive in Pleasant Springs.  Green’s does not offer pick your own this year, but still grows 74 varieties of apples, presses fresh apple cider on Thursdays using 14 varieties; and makes their own fresh applesauce and apple butter!  608.873.4096

Finally, just one of my many favorite apple recipes, so easy you can throw it together on a busy week night.  Thanks to Fresh Market Wisconsin and author Terese Allen for such an easy, quick and adaptable recipe!

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit Crumble   12-16 servings

6 cups fruit:  peeled, sliced apples or pears;  chopped rhubarb; pitted tart cherries; cranberries, or any combination or two

1 cup white sugar

1 cup flour

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 pound (1 stick) cold butter, cut in small pieces

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread fruit over bottom of 9×13 baking pan.  Sprinkle white sugar evenly over fruit.

2.  Mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon evenly in a bowl.  Cut in butter with pastry cutter until the size of tiny peas.  Spread mixture over fruit.  Bake 45 minutes.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

The taste of fall right here!


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