A is for Apple

It’s Vegan Mofo!! The best month of the year. Last year’s challenge was a post every day. This year I’m doing the ABCs of Suburban Vegan: recipe reviews, restaurant reviews, veganizing, and an occasional recipe thrown in for good measure. It’s officially fall and I’m starting with the obvious “apple.”

For my apples, I went to the source- an apple orchard that was so close its practically in my back yard (Woodstock quickly goes from quaint downtown to suburbia wasteland to farm land). The All Seasons Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon; it was packed. There were lots of activities for kids, and you do have to pay admission to get in to the farm, but you get a 1/4 peck of apples and a hay ride. Due to the terrible weather we had this summer, there is not an abundance of apples. You could walk around the orchard, but you had to pick your apples from a bin.

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We didn’t stop in the pumpkin patch, but we did drive by it on the hay ride. The pumpkins were huge!
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No trip to an apple orchard is complete without a cheesy photo with a cutout face.

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Back from the trip to the orchard, we stopped at the cafe for some apple cider. We planned on buying a gallon, but they were sold out. At the market, we picked up apple butter (yes, H, apple butter is vegan) and jalapeno jelly. Despite the fact that the apple butter is made at the orchard, it contains high fructose corn syrup! I was so mad when I saw that at home.

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With the golden delicious apples, I made the Cosmos Apple Pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky and served it with the test batch of tomorrow’s ice cream recipe (you’ll have to wait until tomorrow; I know, the suspense must be killing you!) I made an olive oil crust, which tasted good, but I think I need a little more practice with it; it was crumbly.

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