It's definitely autumn. Some of the trees, even here in southern Michigan, are getting reddish around the edges. Autumn also means apples are ready for harvest. We decided an outing to score some apples was a good idea. After a little internet searching we decided to go to Crane's Orchard in Fennville.
The young lady at the farm explained the process to us, because I admitted to being a newbie to her orchard. She let us taste the six varieties of apple that were available for pickers today and explained that we could get any combination of those types for seventy cents a pound. We tried a sample of each of the six. She gave us a large plastic bag and directions to the part of the orchard where we could find jonathans and blondees, our choices for picking today.
Here are my picking buddies posing in front of a tree laden with red ripe apples. Santini and MOTU.
The apples were on small tree and thus easy to pick. This tree was laden with jonathans - a slightly tart apple, but one that makes awfully good apple crisp.
We finished with eight pounds of the mix of blondees and jonathons. The blondees are a sweet eating apple. I don't think that I've seen them in the stores that I normally frequent in Minnesota, but I like them quite a bit. The eight pounds of apples cost us $6.01. A bargain and a nice adventure on a beautiful fall day.