This is a transitional time in the year for me, still too hot to be considered autumn, but September doesn’t feel like summer either. This weekend should be the annual Apple Festival, but the downtown street festival is canceled this year. Instead, the apple orchards are doing individual sales of their apples this weekend, allowing visitors to wander in the orchards to pick their own apples, and some with extra things like a corn maze or live music. There are 14 orchards on the official tour, and several more that are not. We still are not comfortable in crowds, so we went early on Friday to see what was happening at a couple of nearby orchards.
Our first stop was Coston Farms. Here you could walk the orchard and pick your own apples if you wanted to, or they had bags in the store to purchase.
It was early in the day, but it was very humid. We went to the orchard just to walk a bit. The tree rows had placards with the variety name.
Apples hung heavy in the trees, ready for picking. These are Fuji apples.
Rows were recently mowed, but the ground was wet so we didn’t go far.
These Rome Beauty’s were low enough to get to easily.
Clusters of Jonagold apples were tempting.
Inside the store, fall displays delighted the eyes. It cannot turn to autumn fast enough for me!
Half-peck bags of apples in several varieties were waiting to be taken home. They also had lots of baked apples goodies, jams and jellies, cider and more.
On the way home, we stopped at Mountain Fresh Orchards.
The nice thing here was the beautiful view of the orchards and distant mountain from a deck built on the side of the store area.
With well kept trees with no weeds underneath, this would have been a better place to walk, but by now it was getting hot.
More apples were for sale here, with different varieties than the last orchard.
They also had hot and fresh goodies coming out of their kitchen, and the aroma was wonderful. Hot apple fritters, dumplings, fried pies and whole apple pies were available.
Next to the hot case, lovely baked apple treats beckoned. We came home with some turnovers from here.
If all this has you in the mood for apples, here are links to some of my original apple recipes – first, Apple Cake Donuts
If you are a member of the Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group, I have a special poll there now for members, so stop by and let me know your choice. A cool front came through yesterday, dropping the humidity and making it seem more like fall. Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend! What are you doing for the holiday?
One last note, I got an email yesterday that Craftsy is back. They are giving former Bluprint members free access to stream all Craftsy classes for 45 days. So, watch whatever you want, whenever you want — no restrictions, no credit card, no commitment. To claim your access, use the email associated with your Bluprint account, and reset your password by clicking the “Forgot Password” link on the Craftsy login page. You will then be able to access the new site. While your purchased classes will not yet be available in your account, you can watch them now while they work on adding the purchased classes into all the accounts. This is a nice step forward, so have fun this weekend. Only former members of Bluprint are eligible for this promotion at this time.