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Apples! Everybody looks forward to the fall because it means the time for apple picking has arrived! Apple pies, apple cakes, applesauce, apple picking ... apples, apples, apples! From the chart below you can decide which apple best suits your apple needs, then take a look at the selected apple orchards and you'll be ready for a memory making day of apple picking. 


Variety Raw Baked Sauce
Cortland Excellent Excellent Excellent
Golden Delicious Excellent Excellent Excellent
Ida Red Good Excellent Excellent
Jonathan Good Good Excellent
McIntosh Excellent Good Good
Northern Spy Excellent Excellent Excellent
Red Delicious Excellent Fair Poor
Rome Beauty Fair Excellent Excellent

Bowman Orchards:
Location:     141 Sugar  Hill Road, Rexford, NY
Phone:        518 371-2042
Features:    bakery, homemade pies & donuts, pumpkins

Fairview Orchards:
Location:    Whitehall, NY
Phone:        518 282-0013
Features:    handmade quilts & crafts, honey & maple products, homemade pies & cider products

Hicks Orchard:
Location:    Granville, NY
Phone:        518 642-1788
Features:    jellies, relishes, fruit pies, cornstalk maze, hayrides

Once the sun sets things can get pretty weird at Hicks orchard, take a hayride through the ogre filled orchards and perilous pine forests on the way to the Apple Barn and enormous Haunted Barn next door. There will be lots of barnyard entertainment and festive decorations, hot apple cider donuts, caramel apples and a bbq!   Hicks Orchard gates swing open to unveil tree limbs loaded and bending from the weight of gigantically delicious apples, it’s the beginning of their 91st U-pick Season and you won’t want to miss it. In addition to apples, you’ll find wet and wonderful pears and plump, purple plums hanging heavy and kissed golden from the sun, just waiting for you to pick.

Fo-Castle Orchard:
Location:    166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills, NY
Phone:        518 399-8322
Features:    bakery & coffee shop (open for breakfast everyday), jams & jellies, honey & maple syrup

Lindsey's Idyllwood Orchard
Location:    267 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford, NY
Phone:        518 371-3100
Features:    pies, muffins, donuts, pumpkins, sweet corn, beef, cider, vegetables

Riverview Orchards
Location:    660 Riverview Road, Rexford, NY
Phone:        518 371-2174
Features:    hayrides, country store, observation beehive, donut robot

Saratoga Apple, Inc.:
Location:    Rte. 29, Schuylerville, NY
Phone:        518 695-3131
Features:    plums, variety of fall vegetables

Here are two of our favorite recipes from the Mannix Marketing staff.
E-mail us and let us know how you like them!

Apple Cranberry Pie
makes 8 servings
6 apples, peeled & cored
1/2 c. dried cranberries, divided
3/4 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. cold butter, cut into cubes

Place rack in center of oven; preheat to 375 degrees
Cut apples into 1/2 in. wedges. Grease a  2 qt. baking dish, add apples and 1/4 c. cranberries; toss to combine.
Mix flour, sugar, salt and remaining cranberries. Sprinkle cubes of butter over flour mixture. Using pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle topping over apple-cranberry mixture. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until apples are tender and the topping is golden and crisp. Serve with ice cream if desired.

Dutch Apple Pancakes
makes 6 servings
2 golden and/or red delicious apples, sliced
2 tbs. cinnamon flavored sugar
4 eggs
1 c. milk
1 c. all purpose flour

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 10 inch ovenproof skillet with cooking spray, and cook apples and cinnamon sugar for 5 minutes over medium heat. Turn occasionally. Remove; keep warm.  In blender, blend remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour batter into pan; bake 30 minutes or until puffed and brown. Arrange apples on top; serve with maple syrup if desired.

Have some fun with your apples! Try these simple instructions for a unique candleholder:

For a festive and fun table decoration,  you can make an "apple stack" candleholder. Simply core an apple and stack it on top of another one (try using one red apple and one green one), using toothpicks to hold them together. Then taper your candle to fit inside the top apple.