This past weekend, my family and I decided to take advantage of the lovely autumn weather and go apple picking at a local organic farm. On this bright and beautiful day, we gathered up the baskets, put on our boots and headed out to Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA.
Upon arrival, a tour guide greeted us, walked us around the orchards, and told us what variety of apples were available.
This certified organic farm grows many types of apples as well as persimmons and Asian pears. Although you cannot pick the persimmons and pears yourself, you can buy them in the quaint little gift shop.
Once we filled our basket to the brim, it was weighed and it came out to an even 15 pounds! We had such a grand time and now we can use what we picked to make wonderful treats. Right now, my brother and I are making some delicious apple butter. I am going to jar the apple butter up and share it with my friends and family.
Here is a guide to the 10 most popular varieties of apples. For each varietal, I have put the season available (most are ready to pick now), what to look for and what each type is good for. Happy Autumn and I hope you make some lovely apple treats this season!Gala- late summer to early autumn, smaller, red and yellow striped, heart-shaped, very sweet and aromatic, best for making sauce, good for eating, cooking, and making pie, juice, and apple butter.