Did you know that it’s apple season in the US?
Apples aren’t native to America, however they’re one of the most valuable fruit crops (with oranges being the most valuable). The season is typically from mid-August to mid-October, so it’s in full swing right now. In the US during fall, no matter where you live (city, suburbs or country), there’s bound to be an apple event nearby. So, if you’re one of our US Qmee users, why not make the most out of this season?!
For our UK, Australian and Canadian Qmee users, although it’s not apple season in your countries, you can always join in with the fun and help the US celebrate! Why not start by trying some types of apple you’ve never had before? There are over 20 types to choose from, so you’re spoilt for choice!
Whether you’re based in the US or not, there are lots of things you can do during this time to enjoy and celebrate apple season, and you don’t have to spend a lot of cash which is always a bonus. Take a look at these ideas for things you can do to have fun this apple season without having to spend a lot…
Cook with apples – wherever you live, you can get involved with this one! Whether it’s a pie, a crumble or a spicy apple chutney, apples are a great fruit to cook with. There are some brilliant recipes online for a wide range of different meals and desserts so get searching! If you get your ingredients from a wholesale store they shouldn’t cost much, and you can always use what you already have at home to save some money too.
Try a cold hard cider – this is another one you can do, whether you’re in the US or not! The drink of choice this season is, of course, hard cider! Cider is a great drink to enjoy with friends (if you’re of the correct age) and you’ll find it on tap, and bottled, at many local bars and restaurants. Cider itself has a wonderful flavour but you can also find added flavours such as mixed fruit, strawberry, lime, and elderflower so make sure you try them out if you get a chance this apple season.
Go apple picking – in the US (and sometimes in the UK too), many local farmers open their orchards during fall for you to have a day out and experience apple picking. You’ll often get to enjoy a wagon ride through the farm before you’re taken to the orchard. You can even spend the rest of your afternoon at the farm as many will offer fresh doughnuts and homemade apple cider! It’s a great way to support local farms (they’ll usually charge a very small entrance fee) as well as have a fun day out with the family.
Go to an apple festival – there’s always tons of activities to get involved in, for both adults and children, so get online and find out where your nearest apple festival is being held. Why not join in with the apple pie baking contest? Or if baking isn’t your thing, there’s always the apple pie eating contest! The festivals often have live music and entertainment as well.
Create some apple games – apple bobbing is a great game to play with the kids, especially as Halloween is coming up too. It may seem like an old-fashioned thing to do, but putting some freshly cleaned apples in a bowl of water and getting the kids to try and fish them out by biting them is actually a lot of fun! Plus, it won’t cost much at all.
So even though apple season is currently live and kicking in the US, it can be enjoyed by everyone, all over the world – so get involved and enjoy the wonderful fruit!