Well, we're here to say that the fresh, local apples available only in the fall are an entirely different breed than those mushy grocery store staples.
These apples were crisp and juicy - never mealy or soft. They tasted slightly wild, with a tangy juice that made me understand for the first time how good an apple could be. It was clear that these apples, grown just a few minutes away and twisted off the tree with our own hands, had a clear advantage.
Apples, as ubiquitous as they are in our grocery stores, perhaps show more clearly than anything else how much of a difference local and fresh can make. Plus, buying apples locally often brings you into contact with new varieties - new kinds of apples that have a beauty and deliciousness you would never find at a big grocery store.
We focused on local goat cheese last week in our Harvest Spotlight series. This week we're going to concentrate on apples. We have apple picking adventures, recipes old and new for apple cider, apple cake, and a candied apple appetizer. We'll talk about some of the regional American varieties of apples and new ones you might look for.
What are some of your favorite apple recipes, and have you gone apple picking yet this fall?
Related: Farmers' Market Report: Apples
(Images: Faith Durand)