Apple Picking Day

Our friend, at The Merry Hearth, and her sister love supporting local businesses and good home cooking. So, yesterday, we began our day apple picking and ended it baking an apple pie.

Our first stop was this orchard, which drew us in with its claim of 70 heirloom variety apples and a 147-year old working cider press.

Each tree was neatly labeled with its variety name. Stayman Winesaps are my favorite, so I was thrilled that they had them. Stayman Winesaps are great for pie, applesauce, and cider.

Isn't this a great name for an apple?

Then we moved on to another orchard with commanding views of the rolling hills of Vermont in the distance.

This orchard also boasted a fabulous farmstand with: pumpkins, squash, Indian corn, gourds, and more.

We had a delicious lunch at L.A. Burdick, a french-style bistro and one of my favorite restaurants.

A stop at an antique store on the way home, and the day was complete!  Well...that and the pie!

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