The weather has been beautiful here in New Hampshire, my garden hit full late summer glory at the end of August, and all of the biting bugs seem to have packed it in for the season. As a result, it has been well nigh impossible to make myself stay indoors long enough to update my website for fall. I didn’t even write the August and September installments of A Pie For All Seasons until writing out the October recipe.
But the Cortland and McIntosh apples are just now ready to be picked. September’s recipe for Classic Apple Pie is every bit as good now as it would have been Labor Day. Certainly, I have more time for baking now than I did then, and as the temperatures cool, I am more inclined.
Apple picking is a big deal around here. Everyone seems to have a favorite orchard where their parents used to take them apple picking every fall when they were kids. Now those kids are grown, and they take their children.
Growing up in the mid-west, I didn’t have an orchard that my family went to every fall. I grafted to the whole tradition the first year I was here, however, and now make my autumnal pilgrimage with my family over to Canterbury to my chosen orchard. I have at least one of my two sons and daughters in laws with me, and my grandchildren. They are hooked.
It pleases me no end to know that children still love spending time doing something as a family out of doors.