Despite the fact that pumpkins have hijacked the autumn flavour scene, apples still reign supreme in our mind as one of fall’s best bounties. The latest crops should have already appeared in grocery stores but there are still more to come! Here’s a list of apple related fall fun for you:
Head out to the Taves Family Farms in Abbotsford and pick your own basket of goodness! U-Pick prices range from $.90/lb to $1.60/lb depending on the quantity picked. Click here for a list of varieties available to pick and buy. And, for more wholesome, country fun go on a hayride, ride a pony, navigate a corn maze or pick a pumpkin – all part of the Taves Family Farm experience.
UBC Apple Festival
October 13,14 – In its 27th year, this harvest festival at UBC’s Botanical Gardens celebrates the diversity of apples available to us in BC. Learn more about all the varieties, participate in tastings, and get your sugar fix from caramel or candy-coated apples! If apple sampling strikes your fancy, buy tickets to the sampling venue early as they do sell out. Tastings run from 11am – 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 34,000 pounds of organic and conventionally grown apples will be available for sale so leave with a basket of fruit or, better yet, an apple tree to commemorate your visit.
Whether you get out to these events or not, make an effort to try a new apple varietal – here’s a guide to some of the different apples harvested in British Columbia.
Pie Baking Workshop
Ah, now the fun part! Finding clever ways to use all those apples you’ve just purchased. If you aren’t eating them fresh off the core, a pie is our next choice. With a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg enveloped in a tender, flaky pastry, apple pies are the best! Many find making them a bit daunting but the Pie Shoppe will help you overcome your culinary fears. Owners and sisters, Andy and Stephanie French, offer 3-hour workshops that educate you on fruits, sugars, and shortening vs. butter crusts. You’ll prepare your own pie from scratch, make a few new friends and enjoy some nibbles and drinks in the process.
Any way you slice it, celebrating the glory of the apple is a seasonal must!