Pick Your Own Apples: For Suckers?

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Slate says U-pick apples are for suckers. In this recently reprinted article from 2006, Daniel Gross says: Apple picking is a cherished rite of fall, a wholesome and fun family outing... It's also a wasteful scam.

He says that you end up with far more apples than you will ever use when you visit a u-pick operation, and that it's not much cheaper than buying apples at the store.

We say, perhaps. But we would still rather eat apples straight from the tree, and offer easy, quick recipes for using up what's left. In fact, as you read this, we're at the apple orchard up the street from our country friends, getting our pie apples for the fall!

But what do you think? Soured on u-pick child labor? Or looking forward to your own bag of fresh-picked Granny Smiths?

(Image credit: Ames Waldorf School)

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