It's Apple Time in Tennessee!


Suzanne HeadshotI always get excited when our first apples arrive. It signals the beginning of the end of summer. Soon, fall will arrive and the leaves will be ablaze in a rainbow of colors. With this comes cooler weather, corn mazes, bonfires and hay rides. There is nothing I enjoy more than to walk into our home to the scent of apple everywhere! Apple butter, apple sauce, apple cookies, apple fritters, there is just no end to what you can do with apples!

For the past few years we have purchased apples by the bushel from a family friend. We started with a single bushel and as our family has grown, so has our apple purchase. Last year we did 3 bushels, and this year we will do at least that and maybe more. Our favorite apple is the honey crisp. They are large, juicy and sweet. So sweet in fact that I am able to cook and can with much less sugar than with other varieties we have tried making it both cheaper and healthier for us.

We have put up our first run of apples for the year, and are awaiting our next one in the coming weeks. So now is the perfect time to sit down and share some of our family's favorite ways to eat apples! This year, I was lucky to have two little apple helpers. Macey decided it was her job to take the apples from the drainer and sort them on the table for me.

Macey sorting apples  

Well, the temptation was just to much for little brother. William soon joined the apple party. Only, he wasn’t as much into sorting the apples as he was in eating them!

Macey and William with Apples 

Suzanne Cox
10/30/2011 8:29:51 PM

Cider is definitely on our list of new things to try next year! We'll have to do a follow-up then to let you know how it turns out!

charlie greene
10/8/2011 1:10:14 PM

What a great blog......Can't wait until you start to squeze a few and find out what your mix will be for the cider...Thanks, I really enjoyed your column!

Suzanne Cox
9/20/2011 1:33:53 AM

Ross, your red hot cinnamon apples sound much like our "Cinnamon Ring" pickles. They are made with red hot candies. And those little pies of PA Gardner's are also a favorite of ours! Here in TN they are simply called fried apple pies, though they can be fried or baked. We mostly snack on our dried apples, but do use them for some pies and cakes occasionally. Joan, would you be willing to share your recipe for the caramel apple jam? That sounds very interesting, and I would like to find a good jam recipe. I've not done so well with jams and jellies in the past, but hope to get better at it in the future!

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