The air is cooling. The leaves are starting to show off their colors. The breaths I take smell of dry leaves and all things fall. When the weather changes like this, childhood memories surface and fill my minds with pictures and longings.
When I was young, fall meant a drive into the mountains to visit our favorite “apple barn” – Wooden’s Apple Farm. We’d take the winding mountain roads, despite some of us being inclined to motion sickness. We would tumble out of the car taking deep breaths to clear our lungs of the car’s smell then start pestering Mommy about what kinds of apples we wanted this trip.
Red? Gold? Green? Pink? Tart or sweet? Crisp or grainy? Which ones would be best for baking and which ones did we get to snack on?
We usually bought 2-4 big boxes of pre-picked apples. Then we would head into the store of Wooden’s to get our treat…apple dumplings!!! Mommy used to make us split the huge dumplings covered in vanilla ice cream. As we got older, we protested that we could eat a whole dumpling individually. Of course, she told us “no,” for various reasons that we chose to ignore as selfish children.
Oh! How I miss those apple-seeking adventures! With so many apples at our disposal, Mommy put a limit on how many we could eat a day. And we made lots of applet treats! Apple pie, and crisp, and slump, and dumplings…sometimes she even let us peel and cut our apples then sprinkle them with cinnamon, white sugar, and brown sugar. Despite how many apples we ate, we never grew tired of them.
Even now, I long to find an apple orchard to gather apples for treat making. Fall just doesn’t feel the same if I don’t make some delicious apple treats. 🙂
What are your favorite apple treats?
Do you know some good apple orchards in the Philadelpia area? Please let me know so I can go on an apple gathering adventure this fall.