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Celebrate Vermont Apple Season

Each year, autumn brings plenty of food and farm-related activities and many of them involve one of our favorite locally grown fruits -- apples! Vermont is filled with amazing orchards to visit. Below are some ways you can maximize your apple harvest experience in 2021!

1. Apple Picking

Head to your favorite orchard or check out a new one. Click here for a list of pick-your-own orchards. Many also serve fresh apple cider, cider donuts, and more!

While you're out and about visiting orchards this season, enter our Vermont Apple Instagram Contest!

During the month of September, snap the best photo of your apple orchard adventure and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #eatvtapples to enter DigInVT’s contest, created in partnership with the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association.

Get the full contest rules here! We can't wait to see your photos.

2. Party Time

There are tons of fun harvest festivals throughout the state. Check out the list below to find one (or several!) near you:

Check the DigInVT event calendar for more, as new events are added each week!

3. Learn About Apple Growers

DigInVT recently heard from several tree fruit growers who are happy to share their experiences with you! From orchard history and how they got into farming to what makes their job both rewarding and challenging, let's learn from the folks who bring these delicious fruits to our table. Check out our Meet the Grower series on the blog.

4. Add Cheese

Nothing goes better with apples than cheese! Explore the Vermont Cheese Trail and pick up some cheddar to serve alongside your apple pie.

See our blog post, Cider & Cheese Pairings for the Season, for some complementary combinations!

5. Don't Forget About Cider

Many orchards serve up their own freshly pressed apple cider during the harvest season and some of them also brew their own hard cider! Check out the Vermont Cider Trail to start you on a journey tasting your way through Vermont. September is prime apple season. 

Have you tasted any of Shacksbury's Lost Apples Ciders? Shacksbury has been searching for "Lost Apples," the apples from American's early cider tradition, in Vermont since the fall of 2013. They've sampled thousands of apples, made cider from over 150 unique trees, and selected eleven varieties to propagate over 1,000 trees. From these apples, they make unique ciders with roots in the past. Visit their website to learn more!

6. Make a Run For It!

The Cider Shuffle 5k Walk/Run in September on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail makes for a fun and healthy way to enjoy the cool, crisp air, and the tasty cider and donuts that await you at the finish line.

7. Enjoy Seasonal Dishes

Our Vermont eateries are known for their farm-to-table dishes that celebrate local ingredients (and this includes apples!), so indulge in the bounty of the season by dining out!

8. Apple Treats

Cider donuts have to be one of the best fall treats! Some of our favorites come from Boyer's Orchard, Champlain Orchards, and Happy Valley Orchard, but we're always looking to try new ones. You really can't go wrong. We love the idea of this cider donut bread pudding from Champlain Orchards! Follow the recipe here.

The Dreamee™ at Yates Family Orchard is well worth the trip - it combines maple creemee and fresh cider donuts. What could be better?!

For apple pie, we recommend checking out Sunrise Orchards' famous recipe on our blog!

See King Arthur Baking Company's Pie Baking GuideBaking School class schedule (lots of autumn classes), and 250+ apple recipes!

Don't miss City Market's Amazing Apples class with cookbook author and food writer Melissa Pasanen on September 14th. Get the details here. You'll learn how to make chicken salad with an autumn twist and grilled cinnamon-maple apple stacks!

9. Enter our Vermont Apple Instagram Contest

During the month of September, snap the best photo of your apple orchard adventure and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #eatvtapples to enter DigInVT’s contest, created in partnership with the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association.

Get the full contest rules here. We can't wait to see your photos!

 

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