Monday, October 19, 2009

Some more fall for y'all



Back to Andrea's turn...

Autumn to me means so many things:  beautiful colors, the smell of the falling leaves, a crisp bite in the air, harvest time, pumpkins, warm sweaters, hay rides, apples.  There must be something magical in the air when your child comes in and asks if they can rake the leaves.

I love the community that I live in because I am surrounded by apple orchards and have lots of varieties of fresh apples right at my fingertips.  What I love, maybe even more, is apple cider.  Last week we made our first trip of the season to Farnsworth Farms and bought 2 gallons of unpasteurized apple cider.  YUM!  And since it's unpasteurized you have to drink it quickly because you wouldn't want all that fresh goodness getting too happy and fermenting.  This cider mill was a great find thanks to one of my favorite housemuffin websites:

I found this website last year when I was looking for local growers that I could purchase produce from and have since used it for so many different things.  This is a great resource for everything from crop calendars and picking, to recipes and information on preserving techniques.  If you click on your state you can find a list of local growers and what they sell.  They even have links for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and (dare I say) Christmas tree farms and lots.  Check it out!

2 comments:

Emily said...

I do love all the things to do in the fall too. But, I am happy to report that my canning equip. is put away! I did those 20 qts. of applesauce (not all mine tho) and totally burned my arm in the process. I could go for some cider about now... sounds delicious!

Andrea said...

Ouch! I got a pretty bad burn this canning season too - on my arm and hand.

My canning stuff is all put away, but I noticed that all the green tomatoes that I stashed in boxes in the garage are starting to ripen... waaaahhhh!!!

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