Apple-Picking and Pie

October 17, 2011

Saturday I peeled myself out of bed with every intention of lazing around for a few hours. I made myself some eggs and an “orange dreamsicle” green monster (orange juice, vanilla protein powder, spinach, banana, oats, and chia seeds). That’s when Erika called.

“Farmer’s Market?” was what she actually asked but I heard “zucchini” and was out the door before I could think twice. It was a gorgeous fall morning and there were all kinds of fun things at Lake Anne when we got there – including kettle corn (which we indulged in) and mini donuts (which we did not).

Zucchini (and spinach, and a gorgeous onion) in hand we got back in the car.

“You should come pick apples with me,” I suggested. Erika gave me the look that says “Yes, but I know I should do 1000 other things.” I headed for the farm before she could talk herself out of it. Our friend Sahar had arranged the trip and it was a gorgeous day for it.

As it turned out, it was a good call on both our parts. How else would I have gotten such delightful pictures of myself (sarcasm font)?

Okay, but it really was a good call because Purcellville is adorable and we ended up finding an amazing restaurant where we had lunch once we’d finished picking.

Apple picking is not at all as whimsical at it looks in pictures you see on other blogs. There are no ladders for you to scale while looking adorable, and at this point the trees are all but done holding onto the apples. We spent most of our time squatting under the trees to collect the good apples that had just fallen that morning – it was a windy day.

And as an added bonus, the ground apples were half price.

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(Not being smug:)

It was funny to watch the other apple-pickers talk about how sad they were that all the apples were gone and hear the parents telling their kids not to pick the apples up off the ground. Of course some of them were rotting but there were plenty of good ones to be had and since you’re going to wash whatever you bring home before you eat it – what’s the harm? We ended up with close to 30 pounds of apples that way.

We ended up with some other goodies too:

No idea when we’ll get around to carving those, but I did spend my Sunday afternoon working on this guy:



I hope it turned out as delicious as it looks – I saved it for my boss since today is “Boss’s Day.” It’s good to know me on holidays.

My other victory from Sunday was this beast:

Oh look! My onion and zucchini from the market are just behind the chicken. Hey guys! Hah. Anyway, I served this thing with stuffing/dressing (which I didn’t eat – along with Dad’s gravy (sigh)) and “oven fried” zucchini. This time I used panko bread crumbs which I just love and we didn’t have sauce but that was okay.

How was your weekend? What’s your favorite apple-based treat?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle October 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

I just drooled over that pie.

I love pie. That is my all time favorite dessert, apple or non.

Apple picking is fun for like 5 minutes. I do it every year and have the same experience that goes something like this…

Driving to the orchard: Sheer excitement. Can barely sit still.

Arriving at the orchard: Gleefully picking up my basket.

First 3 minutes of apple picking: Wee! Look at me picking apples!

Next 2 minutes: Damn this basket is getting heavy. What the hell am I going to do with all these apples anyway?

Next minute: I’m putting this basket down. I’m over apple picking. Let’s go eat some donuts.

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Kate October 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

I basically figured that’s how this would be. About five minutes of fun and then I’d be over it. And that’s about how it went but I did have plans for pies so I had a little incentive to keep going.

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Ali October 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

There is an apple tree in my parent’s backyard, and for the first time in 15 years, they have edible apples. My mom and I were talking today about making applesauce – I’m really excited!

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Kate October 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

Oh wow! It would be awesome to have an apple tree in the backyard. That sounds great!

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Erika October 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

First of all – shut up – LOOK AT THAT PIE!

Secondly, why is it that I get the blame for the less than glamorous squat shot, but none of the glory for the fabulous buckets full of apples with flare shot? Hmmmmmmm?

- The photo nazi
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