McIntosh, Red Delicious, Macoun, Empire, Cortland…
even the names are mouth-watering! By the bushel basket or the bag, or just an apple or two at a time, juicy, fresh apples – for pies, for cider, for apple crisp and homemade apple sauce, or for a healthy snack – are the best thing about autumn in Vermont. Markets all over the state sell fresh-picked Vermont apples, but if you want the ultimate experience take the family and visit a Vermont orchard on a crisp autumn day to pick your own (placing them gently into your box or basket; apples bruise easily, so you must handle them like eggs).
Visit a Cider Mill
If not a pick-your-own orchard, a farm stand stocked with McIntosh or some other variety – there are dozens – or a cider mill may be the destination for you. Nothing equals a cup of freshly made cider, warmed up on a brisk day, surrounded by the reds and golds of an autumn afternoon.
The Vermont MacIntosh and More
The apple most abundant in Vermont orchards is the famous, flavorful “Mac” — the McIntosh — which account for almost 70 percent of the apples grown here. But the other kinds have their fans, too. Regardless of your particular favorite, when you get your just-picked apples home you’ll want them to stay crisp and delicious for as long as possible, so it’s best to store them in the refrigerator. For larger quantities use a cold room or storage area – usually a cellar or an unheated garage will do. Bring them inside as your refrigerator supply runs low, and you’ll be able to extend the pleasure of your “apple outing” for many days. Even as they get older they become just right for making pies, cobbler, and apple sauce.
You Can’t Go Wrong
Apples, enjoyed in so many forms, are a Vermont tradition. You’ll find orchards, farm stands and cider mills in every part of our beautiful state. You can’t go wrong with apples in the fall, in Vermont.
PICK FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR
During apple harvest season, individuals, civic groups and companies are encouraged to visit a participating orchard to pick and purchase extra apples for donation to the Vermont Foodbank.
Pick for your Neighbor benefits the Vermont Foodbank by increasing the amount of fresh, healthy produce available for distribution to our network partner food shelves and meal sites throughout Vermont while also helping increase business for local orchards.
Consider spending a day at one of Vermont’s orchards this coming season and Pick for Your Neighbor!
Pick for Your Neighbor is underwritten by Woodchuck Hard Cider, with additional support from the Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. Your contributions also make this program possible. Please consider giving to the Vermont Foodbank today.
APPLES TO IPODS
Vermont’s pick-your-own orchards offer a chance to win an iPod during the annual “Apples to iPods” promotion.
In this technology-meets-agriculture contest, one specially marked wooden apple is hidden in an apple tree at 21 Vermont pick-your-own apple orchards. The lucky apple picker who finds a wooden apple wins an Apple iPod, iPod Shuffle or iPad.
See a list of participating orchards and learn more at www.applestoipods.com
The Great Vermont Apples Essay & Drawing Challenge
Winning entries are here.
The Great Vermont Apple Essay & Drawing Challenge was sponsored by
Vermont’s Apple Growers and the top entries are now available here.