It’s apple-picking time in my home turf of central New York state.
Loads of folks gather up the kids or friends and get out there and get their own. Me? I’d rather select a bag or box that somebody else has already rounded up from the orchards.
My dear wife Karen and I took a trip to Ontario Orchards, in fact, to buy some apples and apple pie, too. It was my first trip to this grand place in Oswego, N.Y., a place she’s visited in autumns past with our friend Michelle. I wrote about it for my Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You can read my piece and check out more photos by clicking the link below.
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The owners have offered so much to their neighbors some 30 miles northwest of Syracuse for more than half a century. Nowadays, there’s a nursery on the grounds and a guy who parks his barbecue truck to sell his tasty food from under a tent. Donnie Alecci also works for the local Ashley Lynn Winery, and stocks their bottles next to his food.
Inside the Ontario Orchards Market, I found my sugar-free apple pie. Karen found her regular variety. We bought apples enough for our fridge and to share with Good Neighbor Tim and his Wonderful Wife Lorraine.
And we walked the aisles to discover so much more. Ontario Orchards favors local products. Nice. Very.
This was a Sunday to welcome a change of seasons in our part of the world.
Good picking, my dear wife.
Do you pick-your-own, and if so, do you have a story to share? What are some of your favorite local products, and why? Which is your favorite photo, and why?