It’s peach season, and as tolerant as I usually am of supermarket produce, mealy bland grocery store stone fruit just offends my taste buds. So a few weekends ago, we packed up the car and took the scenic route to Anderson Orchard in Mooresville, IN.
The orchard has been a favorite of mine for years and is about 30 minutes southwest of the city. They are family-owned and operated and offer apples July-November as well as other seasonal goodies. They also make cider slushies, which I promise will knock your glucometer off. You can check the calendar for apple variety by season here.
One of my favorite things about the orchard is this:
When there are 50 varieties of apple, I really appreciate being able to sample before I buy a whole bunch of them! The staff are great at recommending the correct variety of apple or peach depending on what you will use it for and personal preference. For example, I was directed toward the succulent Coral Star peach, a yellow freestone variety that falls off the pit. As the woman who helped me put it “this is what I reach for when I want a sweet juicy mouthful of peach.” I grabbed a half peck and happily licked juice from my fingers all week long.
I also stocked up on some green beans, peppers, and tomatoes.
I admired the nectarines, plums, and blueberries.
However, the best score of the day was discovering my favorite apple variety to date. I am a fan of sweet-tart, crisp apples-you know, the ones that taste like fall. I usually opt for Gala, Fuji, or the ever-popular and pricey Honeycrisp. I had never even heard of an Elstar apple, but it is the best of all worlds. Just a bit more tart than a Honeycrisp, I could (and did) eat these for days.
If you are free this Labor Day weekend, take a trip out! Pack a little picnic to eat by the pond and pick your own raspberries for dessert. Grab your produce for the week and some extra to freeze or can. It’s a wonderful way to spend half a day.
I also happen to know that this weekend, the concession stand will open, and look at this list of treats:
-Fried biscuits with apple butter
I dare you to stay away. This is late summer at it’s absolute most perfect.