It's Apple Season!

'Tis the season for apple picking and no one does it better than New York. With many local places to pick your own apples, this is the best time to try out new recipes. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or none of the above, you can enjoy apples in a variety of ways. This really awesome website will help you quickly and easily find apple orchards in your area.

One of the easiest apple concoctions to make is apple crisp. You simply cut up apples of your choice and lay them in a pan covered with a crisp mixture of brown sugar, spices, and butter (try Earth Balance butter for a vegan version). Bake in the oven and voilà! You have a delicious dessert that anyone can eat.  Here’s a great apple crisp recipe that is both vegan and gluten-free.

When talking about baking with apples we can’t leave out the classic American favorite: apple pie! Using real apples instead of a canned sugary mess makes this recipe not only healthier but fresher and more delicious. You can make your own dough or use Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust. Add whatever types of sugar and spices you want and throw it in the oven. Apple pie is another easy way to enjoy your fresh-picked apples.  Here’s a great recipe for an organic apple pie made from scratch.

There are plenty of other ways to cook up apples, especially for those with restrictive diets. Try these vegan apple muffins or these fun baked apples with topping. The possibilities are endless when it comes to baking with apples but best part is being able to pick your own and take them home. Supporting local agriculture is good for the economy, the environment, and our own delight. Most orchards have already opened their apple fields so get on out there and enjoy!