Becca from Sartell asked: Why do we give an apple to a teacher? Some believe the apple is a symbol is knowledge. But others suggest that back in the 1800s, frontier families were responsible for feeding teachers and apples happened to be plentiful. The tradition continues even after families no longer fed teachers.
Once all those lovely luscious berries are gone, we still have a fruit option to turn to: the apple. A few weeks ago I bought a large bag of Haralson apples from the Minneapolis Farmers Market and promptly made applesauce, apple butter, and an apple pie. The applesauce was divided into wide mouth 8 oz. jars for lunches and while I reserved a cup for baking, that was quickly eaten for lunch, too.
The apple season is underway in Minnesota. Some of the favorites, like sweetango or honeycrips, are ready for the picking at local orchards. But you may have noticed the harvest is a couple of weeks behind schedule. And Craig Schaper of Minnetonka Orchards says the search to find fruit without any flaws is a difficult task. “It’s devastating. I mean, this is what you pray for not to happen,” Schaper said. “You know, this is first time in 36 years that we’ve really been hit hard.”
With kids back in school, sports and clubs, they’re going to need all the energy they can get. And with apple season in full-swing well, it’s a no brainer to load up on fruit.
Minnesota knows its apples. The U of M developed the Sweet Tango, the Zestar and the state fruit — The Honey Crisp. Orchards are brimming with people, trying to get their hands on those apples this time of year.
This winter certainly feels more like winter than last and that has growers of one of our favorite fruits very happy.
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I pulled out a few local cookbooks and came across a great recipe from Beth Dooley’s most recent cookbook, “The Northern Heartland Kitchen” that used apples, sausage, and onions for a main dish.
A cold snap in the middle of an abnormally warm spring left apple grower Joe Carlson unsure of how this season would turnout.
The quintessential fall activity for families, friends and tourists is apple picking. Have fun with the family this fall and go apple picking at any of these great orchards.
Minnesota knows its apples, and this weekend could be the perfect time to run out and pick up some of them from your nearby orchard.
Minnesota Orchards are ripe for the picking — literally.
Minnesota’s apple crop is looking good.