The official first day of fall has brought cooler temperatures in addition to a few colorful leaves and plans of autumn activities in the coming weeks. The last days of summer saw our good friends at Chunk and KJ’s Adventure tie the knot; I would say they have a brand new adventure waiting ahead of them! Wishing these two all the best as husband and wife!
We couldn’t make the trip up north due to our little Vilis waiting until the very last minute to make his appearance and instead took a shorter trip, up to Sky Top Orchard. It seems like half of Greenville had the same idea.
A bushel of Jonagolds and Arkansas Blacks later I found myself swaying with the breeze at the very top of a tree, reaching for possibly the last Mutsu apple still on a branch in the whole orchard. While the Jonagolds are crisp, juicy and sweet-tart, ideal for pies, baked desserts and sauces (and this year they also will do well for snacking, especially with a tub of caramel on the side), the Mutsus are our favorites. Large apples, they are good for cider, applesauce, eating and cooking with, and seem to encompass fall with every crisp bite. The Arkansas Blacks weren’t completely ripe and so we didn’t pick all too much, but they'll serve well for baking through the winter. A big thank you to vecmamma Inga for coming with!
I love looking back on our previous years excursions to Sky Top, as the only years we missed were during our expatriation to France. This could very well be a tradition we keep during our time here in Greenville, just as boiling a good bit of the apples down into sauce has become the norm for the weeks following our trip.
|Sky Top 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014|
The boys have been partaking in leaf-themed crafts this last month, and the last weeks have seen me getting the carrot, radish and beets planted in our garden beds, but as Lauris emerged with a sweatshirt pulled over his pajamas this morning, I'd say fall has definitely arrived. Here’s to chrysanthemums, flint corn, applesauce and cider!
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