One of the things I like to do every year is to go to a local apple orchard and pick a bushel of apples. I then turn those apples into apple sauce and can it so we can enjoy it all year long.
So last Saturday I headed off to the orchard. The bad news is that I was a little early in the season, and as a result what varieties that were available were somewhat sour. When I make apple sauce, I like to mix 2-4 varieties together (have sweet, half sour) and this flavors it so that i don’t have to add additional sugar. So unfortunately, I have to go back in a week or two in order to get the “sweet” apples to finish the project. But here is the good news… they had just enough “seconds” (seconds are apples that don’t look perfect, but are still edible and perfect for things like apple sauce) to give me a half bushel of the non-sweet apples I would need. And best of all, the price was heavily discounted. Discounted apples that I didn’t even have to pick? You betcha I snagged up that deal!
As I was talking to the orchard owner about when to come back to get the other half of the apples I needed, he asked if I was interested in any plums. Turns out they have two plum trees, too. I have been going to this orchard my whole life… how did I not know about this??? Anyway, he offered me three pounds of plums for $2, so I snagged those up, too. Anyone have a good plum recipe they’d like to share?
This shopping spree made me very, very happy. Not only do I love a good deal, but I have also been trying to eat more locally grown food and this is about as local as you can get!
So what did I learn this last week? I learned local, fresh plums are delicious! I learned that it pays to chit-chat with your local apple orchard owner. And I also learned that cleaning out a basement is very addictive (click here to see the before pictures... it is already looking much better, by the way).