It’s apple season! And there is no better place to be for apple-lovers than our beloved Tri-State Region, where the local farmers have taken great care to cultivate many high-quality, nutritious, and tasty varieties. The Litchfield Hills, Berkshires, & Hudson Valley are in the heart of New England’s apple country, and the 2021 autumn harvest is in full swing, as our communities embrace the traditions of this fruitful season: picking, pressing, baking, bobbing, and enjoying.
Now is the time to stock up to transform them into sauces, butters, preserves, jams, vinegar, and cider for gourmet touches to your meals throughout the winter. Or keep them stashed in a cool (but not freezing) spot. Try these tips to successfully store a bushel or two for up to five months.
News around the web (as well our own senses) tell us that this is a particularly good season for apples. The abundance, flavors, and textures are coming in at ideal measures. And while the apple is perhaps of the highest fame, it is also the season of the delicious sweet pears, pumpkins, figs, and many more early autumn favorites that thrive in this region’s climate.
The food of the region is such a big part of the celebration of life that we so frequently experience in this wonderful world we call home. We encourage everyone to get out to the orchards, breathe in the fresh air, and behold the amazing work of nature and our treasured local farmers. Take along the whole family and enjoy the corn mazes, hot cider, and cider donuts for the full autumn experience!
Nothing Says Autumn Like an Apple-Picking Adventure!
Upcoming Area Events
Friends of EHRE have us asked us to share the following upcoming events in the region.
New York Cider Week
Various locations throughout New York
October 2 – October 17, 2021
Salisbury Artisans Group Fall Festival Market
The White Hart in Salisbury
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Salisbury Beast 5K Run
The Salisbury Beast is in its third year (2019 was virtual). The course is up and down Selleck Hill, so we attract a variety of running types! This year’s event will be timed by The Last Mile, timers for the Boston, Chicago, and Houston Marathons! You can find more information at www.salisburybeast.com.