I hope everyone spent the past couple of days battening down the hatches, because Hurricane Sandy is just about here. I’ve got all of the essentials, including batteries, peanut butter and wine. My office is closed until Wednesday and while I’m looking forward to this unexpected leisure time, I’m also nervous that something will happen to the electricity. The thought of not being able to access the Interwebs or use a blowdryer is just too much to bear.
Luckily, we made our annual trip to Linvilla Orchards last weekend, when the weather was just perfect. Linvilla is a 300-acre farm in Delaware County where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables throughout the year or stock up on gourmet foods and baked goods at the Farm Market. Of course, pumpkins and apples take center stage throughout the fall.
Linvilla has about 25 different kinds of apples on its 20 acres of orchards. Half a bushel will run you about $30. On the day we visited, we picked Golden Delicious, Joanna Gold, Winesap, and Red Delicious. And, by “we picked,” I mean that my mom, aunt and I pointed out the apples that we wanted and Chester fished them out of trees with the grabber.
Nothing beats an apple picked straight off the tree. They are juicier and more flavorful than any apple I’ve ever gotten from a supermarket.
I made my very first apple cobbler with some of our haul. It was so much easier than making a pie, because you can forgo making a crust in favor of a really simple batter that gets dropped over the top of the fruit and spreads while baking. I substituted brown sugar for plain old sugar in the topping for a richer flavor. Good vanilla ice cream melting over the top is a must.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to make a trip to Linvilla–or any orchard for that matter–until Frankenstorm blows on out of here. In the meantime, Happy Hurricaning, peeps! Stay safe and dry.