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5 Ways to Celebrate Apple Season in and Around Rochester, NY and New York State

With New York being the second largest producer of apples in the nation, apples are definitely something to celebrate, and, with more farms and farmer’s markets making their location’s destination spots, with events and activities for all to enjoy, the opportunities to develop some really awesome memories are great!


See below 5 Ways to Celebrate Apple Season in and Around Rochester, NY and New York State.


Apples out for display at Schutt's Farm Market in Webster, NY.
Apples out for display at Schutt's Apple Mill in Webster, NY.

The following are just a few ways to enjoy the apple season around this time of

year.


Do you have traditions around apples, or apple season?


After reading through this list, be sure to comment and share!



Apple Cider Tasting
Apple Cider Tasting


5 Ways to Celebrate Apple Season


1) Go apple picking or visit an apple farm:

  • Not just for apple picking, some area farms and farmer’s markets offer an array of activities, that you can partake in:

    • From hayrides, haunted houses, petting zoos, teepees that you can go in, mazes you can get lost in, apple and apple cider tasting, and a view of how apple cider is made, this can be a whole morning/afternoon/day event, so be sure to give yourself some time to enjoy the whole apple picking and farm experience.

    • For a listing of apple farms in and around Rochester, NY, where you can pick-your-own, click here. for u-pick apple orchards in New York State, click here.

    • To go on an apple tasting tour throughout Wayne County, NY(October 1-31), click here.


Over 20 different varieties of apples, just at one farm! This list of apples was on the wall at Schutt's Apple Mill.
Over 20 different varieties of apples, just at one farm! This list of apples was on the wall at Schutt's Apple Mill.

2) Try a new variety of apple that you have never tried before.

  • Did you know that 7,500 apple varieties have been identified around the globe, and more than 2,500 varieties are grown in the United States?!

  • When visiting an apple farm market/stand or apple orchard, see if you can try a few that you may not be able to find in the grocery store, some farms may even offer a tasting of some of their different varieties too.












3) Switch things up, trying eating apples in a new way:

4) Make a generational/family recipe:

  • I always remember apples being a part of different recipes our family shared. From applesauce, to apple cake, apples were part of many of our family meals, desserts, and snacks, and many family memories we have.

    • Keeping family food culture and food traditions alive, gives us the opportunity to honor our ancestors, connects generation to generation, can be associated with positive emotions, nostalgia, memories of family, memories of home, feelings of comfort, safety, connectedness and belonging. They can also help us to pass down family values, traditions and stories from our family heritage for years to come.

5) Share in all of the above with somebody:

  • Apples can symbolize love and affection after all, what a great thing to share and experience with somebody else!

  • Sharing in some of the above, may also help us to form a deeper connection.


I hope you found these suggestions to be beneficial. What one might you try, or what’s a favorite apple recipe that your family enjoys?



Grandma Strassman's Apple "Cake" and her Apple Cake Recipe.
Grandma Strassman's Apple "Cake" and her Apple Cake Recipe. She was such a good baker!


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