Fall is here, and with it comes cooler weather, colorful leaves, apples, cider and apple cider donuts. This also means that apple picking time is here, and if you weren’t spending all of your August weekends on the beach, you may have already visited some of the local farms to pick early arrivals like Jersey Mac, Gravenstein, or Puritan apples. Not to worry if you missed these, there will still be plenty of other varieties in October like Granny Smith, McIntosh, Delicious, Liberty etc. Some farms also sell their own jams and honey along with apple cider, hard cider and cider donuts.
Some of the farms offer apple varieties not commonly found in supermarkets or produce markets. The chance to try a new kind of apple is one of the reasons for picking your own. If you’re interested in picking a particular variety of apple, call ahead or check the orchard’s web site to be sure they are ready to be harvested, otherwise select a farm, drive out and be surprised.