Apples, Donuts and Memories

Fall is my favorite season, if I haven’t mentioned that already. The air gets so crisp, the leaves start to turn, pumpkins start bag of applesappearing on the porches and steps of all the local houses, apples are ready for picking, and everything just smells good. All of the best recipes start coming out about this time of year too. Crisps, pies, crumbles, soups, stews, quick breads, bars and all kinds of cookies start coming from kitchens and adding to the smell of fall. Out of all the possible ingredients to use in the fall, the apple is of course the most dependable and versatile. So many amazing recipes call into play the apple that to name them all would take forever – everything from apple sausage bakes to the ubiquitous apple pie find favor in our hearts and stomachs.

This weekend the weather turned fall. The season has arrived and that meant a few things.

One, we cleaned out the closet and dresser to put the summer clothes away (not too far in case we get an Indian summer) and brought out the jeans, sweaters, scarves, and fall jackets.

Two, on Saturday when it was rainy and cold, that signaled our pilgrimage to the Vermont Country Store over in Weston, Vermont. If you want to bring in the fall, this is the place to go on such a day. It was busy with locals and tourists all with sweaters, hats and boots – a perfect assembly of the seasonal clothing. The wood stove was giving off a warm comforting heat to take away the chill and the offering of hot apple cider and food samples was enough to keep everyone smiling as we nibbled and looked at the curious goods. The snack shack out back was serving up piping hot bowls of New England clam chowder served with a handful of Vermont crackers. Not that we needed it, but we bought a packet of maple Habanero dip, some handmade pumpkin fudge (YUM!) and a small paper bag of hand cut Vermont cheddar cheese.

Three, Sunday we really started off the season right by deciding to go apple picking! I have gone apple picking every single year since I was born.

picking apples as a kid

Here I am picking apples as a kid!

picking apples today

And here I am picking apples today!

It was a family tradition when I was little and I still continue this today. I haven’t missed a single season and I plan to keep it that way. There is just something about walking between all those apple trees and smelling the sweet warm apples that have dropped to the ground.

reaching for those apples

The whole orchards smells like apples, sunshine, and wet leaves. Those are the smells I look forward to each September. Picking the first apple is pretty special. You have to find the right one, polish it carefully and then take your first bite. To have some apple juice drip down your chin just makes it that much better.

first bite of a fresh apple

After picking our apples we couldn’t end our day without taking part in one more tradition. Purchasing hot, right out of the fryer, apple cider donuts rolled in cinnamon and sugar!

apple stand

fresh hot apple cider donut

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8 responses to “Apples, Donuts and Memories”

  1. Kristina says :

    It wasn’t until I read this that I realized how much I miss Vermont (and you). The weather has certainly changed here, but it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. Enjoy the season! ❤

  2. Eliza Waters says :

    Great post, you always make my mouth water! Cider apple donuts with sugared cinnamon – so yummy! Apples and cheddar! Stop it already! 😉

  3. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread says :

    Fall is not my favorite time of year because it means the white stuff is coming. LOL But, I certainly do enjoy picking apples. There is nothing like it. You brought a smile talking about visiting the Vermont Country Store. It has been a couple of years but it is always an experience. Have a great Fall neighbor. 🙂

  4. KerryCan says :

    You just described my idea of a perfect day! Yes to all of it, especially the donuts! And I’ve always meant to visit the Vermont Country Store but haven’t made it yet–maybe this is the year.

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