Take a bite out of fall apples!

If you haven’t noticed yet, our shelves in the produce department are overflowing

with a multitude of new, local apples! While each variety is uniquely delicious, I

want to highlight a few of my favorites that have emerged from the crowd.

honey

 

This list could only begin with one name, of course – the all around champion –

honeycrisp! A go-to favorite, it’s easy to see why. Their extra-crunchy, golden yellow

flesh snaps pleasantly under tender skin, and the flavor is sweet with just the right

amount of tartness.

sliced_honey

 

Whether grown at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham or even closer at Shelburne

Orchards, you won’t be disappointed by these winners! A superb eating apple, the

honeycrisp also holds up well in recipes, like the tangy cabbage dish I made recently,

or baked into pies and crisps. Strictly for snacking, I like to slice my honeycrisps thin

with some of our amazing fresh baby ginger.

ginger

 

Have you tried Eugenie Doyle’s Vermont ginger? If you haven’t, there’s no better

time than apple season! Come and find it in the roots case at the heart of the

Produce department. You’ll be amazed at its mild yet zesty flavor and supple

tenderness, making it easy to gnaw raw (professionals only), or muddle into a

spiced hot cider. It also bakes well, as I found when I grated some into my pumpkin

bread batter this week. Use it anywhere you would use ginger, and everywhere else,

too… you can’t go wrong with this stuff!

Not to be overshadowed by the honeycrisp, we are also featuring several varieties

of heirloom apples ecologically grown by the Scott Farm in Dummerston, home of

90 different apples! These heritage breeds are smaller and firmer with more potent

flavors, and each is a little different. Fun facts: the Scott Farm is on the National

Register of Historic Places, has been growing since 1791, and the award-winning

film The Cider House Rules was shot here in 1999!

holstein

 

I love the Holstein, a light-colored russetted apple with a citrusy bright flavor,

which makes sense as it’s related to the better-known Cox Orange Pippin. To me, it’s

reminiscent of pineapple… what do you taste? This is a superb pie apple for all you

bakers!

reinette

 

Another star of the heirloom lineup is the Orleans Reinette, a rosier-cheeked apple

with a flavor that is more aromatically floral with a nutty undertone. It’s delicious

sliced and dipped in your favorite nut butter (think chocolate and hazelnut).

This apple lover could go on and on, but alas, it seems we have a case of too many

apples and too little time… come on into Produce and discover your own favorites

today!

– Anna Produce Stocker Extraordinaire