Each September we head out to the country to get fresh apples. A favorite destination is Fischer’s St. Croix Farm Orchard in southeast Washinton county, Minnesota. There are many varieties, from old-fashion sauce crabapples to the newer Honey Crisp. They sell them by the peck, half-peck and bushel. We always get the ‘utility’ grade apples to cook down into applesauce or pies.
The little store offers a variety of things to buy (preserves, honey, melt-in-your-mouth caramels…). There are small farm animals for the kids to see. Fischer’s has other fruit for sale depending on season, but we come for the perfect apples.
The air around the place smells of apple juice. I imagine Fischer’s is a delight in late May when pink-white apple blossoms perfume the air.
“Goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun, as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire” ~ Charles Dudley Warner