Did you know this week is "Going Local" Week?
For one week you should try to eat one locally grown food item for each meal each day this week.
Since Ott, E and I both had Labor Day off we decided to go to a local U-Pick Apple Orchard near us, called Tuttle Orchards. (It's about 5 miles from our house by way the crow flies.) It was such a beautiful day, sunny and around 80 degrees, and made for a perfect morning activity for us. When we got there they gave us a wagon and two bushel baskets to help us carry what we picked.
I was enjoying the day and the crisp feel of fall in the air and ended up picking around 20 pounds of pomes (pomes is the botancial name for apples; a type of fruit produced by flowering plants in the subfamily Maloideae of the family Rosaceae.) We picked pomes that were of the Jonathan, Gala and Cortland varieties.
Ott, E's height came in handy as he could reach up and pick the apples higher up in the trees.
Once we got the apples home, we set out to make apple chips by dehydrating them. Ott, E sliced the apples and placed them on the trays, while I used the apple peeler, slicer, all in one corer apparatus which is very quick and easy to use. (If you don't have one I highly recommend getting one.) Once in the dehydrator we left them there for about 16 hours.
Then we made some apple juice with our juicer. In go the apples and fresh juice comes out the other end.
Applesauce Muffins.) Making applesauce is easy as all you have to do is slice the apples and place them in a crock pot with about 3/4 cups of sugar and set the crock pot on High for 4 hours.