A Trip to the Apple Orchard–Supporting Local Farmers

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Cooler nights and falling leaves is a reminder to me that fall is in the air, here in Ohio. My mom, sister, son and I love to go to the apple orchard in mid-September to pick our own apples. It is a great way to save money because at $0.70 a pound, you can not beat it. We are not only supporting local farmers but spending quality time together as well.

Here is a link to a comprehensive list of pick-your-own farms categorized by state.

I’d also like to share my favorite apple crisp recipe. So yummy over vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients:

NOTE: My sister reduced the sugar content by adding less than 1/2 cup of white sugar and eliminating the brown sugar altogether. It still tastes great and allows the sweetness of the apples to take center stage. 🙂

10 cups of apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I use approximately 8 apples of various sizes.)

1 cup of white sugar

1 Tb all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup water

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan.

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Mix the white sugar, 1 Tb flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples, Pour water over all.

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Combine oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter together. Crumble over the apple mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Adapted from All Recipes.

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Enjoy!

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