For the past few years, every fall, we go apple picking at a local orchard.
This year, at our new home in Navan, we get to pick apples in our own backyard! And they are a-mazing.
We are new to fruit tree maintenance, so still learning how and when to prune the trees. We were advised to spray our trees to reduce pests and rot, but of course we didn’t – and I’m happy to say our apples have been fabulous!
I’m also not sure what the varieties are… We have two types – the pinkish one is sweeter and the green one is more tart. Much tastier than imported store-bought varieties… even the slightly mis-shaped ones 😉
We eat a lot of apples, especially when they are in season, but if we can’t consume them all, I will freeze some to make jam or desserts. Stay tuned for apple recipes…
If we DO feel the need for more local apples (because they are sooooo good!), we will go back to Ferme Dagenais – a biodynamic farm located in Embrun (southeast of Ottawa). They have apples, pears, a health food store, an adorable donkey – and free range ducks and turkeys roaming the orchard!