Fall is my time to indulge in apple cider, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, cider donuts, chili and of course apple pie. The best thing about seasonal treats is their freshness.

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This weekend a friend of mine and I took advantage of the beautiful, blue bird Saturday and drove out to Wellwood Orchard in Springfield, Vermont to handpick our own apples. They grow a wide variety of apples: Red Astercan, Vista Bella, McIntosh (my favorite!), Cortland, Golden Delicious, Empire just to name a few. Aside from the apple picking, they have a petting zoo, country store, pumpkins and berries (when in season of course).

By the end of my apple picking, we both worked up a real appetite. Lucky for us they still had fresh cider and donuts in the country store. We picked up a carton of cider and a small package of donuts and headed home to create some delicious apple pie.

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Lauren (my friend) knows her way around a kitchen far better than myself so she took the lead during the pie making. Armed with an apron, freshly picked apples and a generation old apple pie recipe Lauren and I got to work. The aroma of cinnamon and apples filled the room. Within an hour and a half we had a fresh, hot from the oven homemade apple pie.

Lauren and I had a fun time picking the apples our selves, but it’s a great activity for the whole family. Take a trip to your local apple orchard and don’t forget to share your adventure with us…oh and your delicious pie recipes!

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