Apple Picking in Upstate New York

Apple picking is one of those quintessential fall activities that I always intend on doing, yet somehow always manage to miss the season of.  So, this past Sunday it was extra special when a couple of friends and I hopped on a train headed to Harvest Moon Orchard in upstate New York.  We arrived to a pretty picked through bunch of trees, but after a bit of searching, were lucky enough to find a fairly untouched area toward the back of the farm that had trees overflowing with perfectly ripe apples. There's something invigorating about searching for and picking your own food - it's such a foreign concept nowadays and something that I wish I could be more intentional about doing whenever the opportunity presents itself.  

We walked away from the day with a ton of Mutsu (Crispin) apples, a sweeter green apple that is a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo.  And although I haven't quite decided what to do with all of the apples now taking over my kitchen, this recipe for a caramel apple dutch baby is in the running.