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CRISP COOL AIR ANDWARM APPLE PIE
The Start of a North Carolina Fall
I f I had to pick a word to describe the new clothes and school supplies. Everybody is back from their vacations with a renewed drive to work through to the holidays. And, along with all the changes that fall brings, North Carolina apples and fried apple pies are back in season. It’s fitting that such a refreshing fruit would be so characteristic of a refreshing season. North Carolina is covered with apple orchards, and apples seem to be grown and cooked into the very fabric of our community. When I was younger, our family would fall season, it would be “refreshing.”The temperatures start to cool down a little bit after a long, humid summer. Students and their parents go back-to-school shopping for
Those roots extend to my own family. When I was younger, my grandmother made fried apple pies from scratch, right down to the buttery crust. I love to cook and bake, and I make apple pies almost every fall, but unfortunately, I can’t do it quite like Grandma did (can any of us really?). I buy my crust from the store, but I still love frying those sweet Granny Smith apple slices with some vegetable oil and cinnamon. Before my husband and I moved three years ago, we used to live in the middle of 30 acres of apple orchards, and we had an apple tree in our backyard. We would pick apples straight off the branch to go into pies or just to eat as they were, but farmers don’t typically like it if you pick from their orchards
“The cool air around us is filled with anticipation of the future. And what better way to complement that crisp, clean air than with a warm apple pie?”
Freckles enjoying the fresh fall air
time of year to jumpstart our productivity and lift ourselves out of the dog days of summer. The cool air around us is filled with anticipation of the future. And what better way to complement that crisp, clean air than with a warm apple pie?
always go to the fair for the rides, and, of course, to eat candied apples. Even though those death traps they call fair rides have lost their luster as I’ve gotten older, those candied apples have not lost their sweet taste. One of my favorite autumn events is the North Carolina Apple Festival. It has been a local mainstay for over 70 years. It may get more crowded every year, but the old farming equipment on display and the old-timey recipes for pies and cider remind everyone of the region’s roots.
without permission, and I can understand why. With the skills their families have honed through generations, they’ve turned apple growing into an art. Since we don’t have immediate access to orchards or a tree in the backyard, we’re perfectly content buying our Granny Smiths, Honeycrisps, and Galas from one of the many local vendors, where they’re guaranteed to be freshly picked. Fall is a time to really come back home — sometimes literally, if you’ve been away on vacation all summer — and sometimes figuratively. It’s the
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