Sunday, September 24, 2006
Well, wouldn't you know it, as soon as I posted the Friday food round-up, I fell deathly ill! Ok, not deathly, but a pretty bad cold/flu thing that had me miserable and comatose all of Friday and Saturday. Today, however, I miraculously woke up feeling better, so we decided to celebrate by going apple picking. We found O'Neill's Farm, and it looked like they had many different varieties of apples, so we went for it.
To our great surprise, O'Neill's Farm also has pick your own raspberries- for only $1.50 a pint, and who can resist that?
Even though the farm warned that it was a "slow picking day" we had no problem finding enough to fill our pint- and they were so sweet. I realized today that I'd never had a raspberry that hadn't come from a market!
On to the apples...
The trees were literally bending from the weight of all the apples.
We decided to go for Cortland apples, because we were told they were the best for baking.
Daiku and I realized that we have very different preferences when it comes to apple picking. He likes to pick ones from way up high on the trees...
While I prefer small and unusual looking apples. I'm convinced that apples with funny marks or patterns on them taste better- go figure.
The peck of apples cost $4.50. We picked Cortlands, Crispins, and McIntosh.
I can never keep all the different varieties straight. I do know that my favorites are Pippins, which I almost never see in New York. Check out this website for an extensive list of apples.
So the apples, the raspberries, and the 2 apple fritters Daiku picked up
...came to $8.50. Not bad for a morning of fun.
On the way home, we swung by downtown, where this weekend's Oktoberfest celebrations were coming to an end. Was I the last person on earth to realize that Oktoberfest is actually in September?...
(Wait... isn't that a west German flag...?)
It was fun to listen to a German band and watch people dance and polka
But the smell of all the food made us really hungry, so we rushed home and ate a vegan German meal of Tofurky dogs with mustard and sauerkraut. A delicious end to a great day- but then again, everything tasted better when you're recovering from sickness! Watch out for lots of apple goodies in next Friday's food round-up...