We’ve been saving up all of these exciting Kentucky travels to share with you for several months now. If you live in Kentucky, you should visit these places. If you’re planning on traveling to Kentucky, you should visit these places. If you don’t have any plans to ever come near Kentucky, perhaps we can change your mind.
So let’s take a jump back to September. I don’t know if you can even imagine this, but it was warm and sunny back then. Eric and I journeyed to Evans Orchard in Georgetown, Kentucky to pick our own apples. Ever since beginning college, oh-so-many years ago, we have become aware of all the junk that is in our food and how far it has to travel to get into our bellies. So we’ve really been trying to eat fresh, local, seasonal foods (which has become increasingly difficult as it has gotten cold and my favorite foods crave warm weather). And there’s truly no better way to know that something is fresh than by picking it off the tree with your own hands.
That being said, we wandered through the rows and rows of apple trees, reading about all of the wonderful different varieties of apples and their uses. We ended up with a full peck (about 20 apples) to take home for eating and baking. But don’t think that we left the orchard before indulging in some caramel apples. Goodness. Is there anything more wonderful? Well, yes, I suppose there is; but there’s nothing more appropriate for a day at the orchard.
One of my favorite things about the Evans Orchard apple festival is the number of crazy children running wild, sugared up on caramel apples, dragging their parents through the corn maze. Sidenote: We went to the festival two years ago and paid to get into the play area, thinking it would be really exciting. It’s not. Don’t do it. But it’s really fun to watch kids enjoy all the fun.
Now, even though it was ridiculously warm while we were at the orchard, it was the first real autumn-like activity of the year. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I absolutely love everything about autumn. The smells, the colors, the first cool evenings. It’s like a whole new magical world every year. I spent the next few weeks making even more wonderful smells in the kitchen with all of the apple crisps, muffins, and pies we could eat! Fall is truly the best season for baking. If you’re interested in what I made, take a gander around the food blog I share with my good friend, Becca, at http://eatitupwithus.blogspot.com.
So next time you’re in Kentucky in the fall, we highly recommend a trip to the orchard. There’s no better way to eat an apple.