If you can’t tell by some of my other articles, I’m absolutely crazy about fall. So much so that even studying abroad in Sydney (where it is now early summer) cannot quell my deep, insatiable love of all things autumn. One of my favorite (and America’s favorite) pastimes for this wonderful crisp season is, of course, apple picking! But where, oh where, will you go to pick your delicious apples for delicious apple pie?! Have no fear my fellow Freaks, because we’ve got you covered!
First, some fun facts about apples from What’s Cooking America that will make you super popular on the orchard:
Greek and Roman mythology referred to apples as symbols of love and beauty. Today we call something we prize as,“The apple of our eye!”
Issac Newton is said to have thought up the law of gravity while sitting under an apple tree, observing the falling of apples.
The expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” actually comes from an old English saying, “Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed, makes the doctor beg his bread.” (Eat an apple before going to bed makes the doctor beg his bread.)
Apple blossom are the state flower of Michigan. April 28, 1997, marked the 100th anniversary of this official designation.
The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the nation’s 2001 apple supply.
The apple variety ‘Delicious’ is the most widely grown in the United States.
Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
The largest apple ever picked from a tree weighed 3 lbs 2 oz, according to TheGuiness Book of World Records.
It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
Apples are sometimes called “nature’s toothbrush,” Apples help clean the teeth and massage the gums.
America’s longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Governor Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard on the corner of Third Avenue and 13th Street. The tree was still bearing fruit when a derailed train struck it in 1866.
The more you know! Anyway, onto the orchards!
1. Dwight Miller Orchards, East Dummerston, Vermont
Everything on this orchard is totally organic (for all you hippies out there) from the apples to the chickens. While you’re there, enjoy the horse-drawn carriage, home made cider and maple syrup!
2. Applewood Orchards & Winery, Warwick, New York
First of all, wine. Second of all, puppet shows and face painting for the kids. Third of all, delicious apple doughnuts. Lastly, wine.
3. Silverman’s Farm, Easton, Connecticut
Hayrides, gourmet market, petting zoo. What else could you possibly want in life?
4. Mackey’s Orchard, Belvidere, New Jersey
This orchard at the top of a mountain overlooking the Delaware Water Gap has been owned and operated for the same family for 8 generations. They have over 100 varieties of apples and a home made ice cream parlor with pumpkin ice cream. PUMPKIN, I SAY!
5. Tougas Family Farm, Northborough, Massachusetts
Everything you could ever want, from private hay rides and home made pie to a barnyard petting zoo and more home made pie.
Where will your apple hunt take you this season?