We decided to try our hand at at apple picking this weekend and headed off to Sprout Farms, just northeast of Bon Accord.
Sprout Farms is a modest-sized orchard with quite a selection of apples. After a quick orientation, we were left to our own devices to wander in the orchard and pick what looked good. We were mostly interested in baking apples; there is a separate section for juicing ones and a press on site.
It took us about 20 minutes to pick about 20 lbs of apples. We also picked a few pears. Overall, a successful trip without the Burma-death-march experience that sometimes pervades our u-pick trips.
We came home and made a fantastic apples pie. Jenn and I then peeled, cored and chopped 36 cups to make sauce with. I managed to get eight litres canned last night and I think we still have enough apples for one more pie.
Up next: We're going to turn under the corn patch tonight as it is done for the year. The tomatoes continue to ripen and I need to think about what to do with the bunch on the window sill before the become over-ripe. Maybe salsa?