Technically Autumn doesn’t begin until September 23rd this year, but Mother Nature follows her own calendar. Temperatures have been substantially cooler – thank goodness! Here in the Pacific NW, temperatures in the 90’s feel like over 100 degrees. Summer kind of beat us up with too many days of hot weather. It was exhausting!
But now the things have cooled off and it’s harvest time. Our little espaliered apple tree has offered up quite the bounty this year. The tree has 3 different varieties of apples grafted onto it; Chahalis, Spartan, and Akane. All natives of Washington State. The tree was planted in the early 80’s and true to it’s espalier training, though it stands only 4 feet tall, on each side it’s branches stretch out 6 feet. Makes for pretty easy harvesting.
Both Brian & I love apples in pies and tarts, and in savory dishes as well, and of course just eaten fresh by itself.
This year we have enough to do a bit of canning as well so I’m making apple butter and put up a large jug of apples for pickling.
Now I’ve never pickled apples or eaten them so I’ve no idea how they will turn out. Pickling is all about patience so these little guys will not be ready until the middle of October. I’ll report back!
Fall is my favorite time of year. I am madly in love with Autumn; it’s jewel tone colors of crimson and gold, the cool breezes, the bountiful harvest. Grateful to Mother Nature for bringing us this season a little prematurely. Much to be thankful for.
In your part of the world, what season are you currently in? What is your favorite season and why?
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