This past Saturday my cousin and I had a perfect fall apple themed day.  It was a beautiful day with blue skies and just a hint of autumn crispness in the air.  We started our morning off with apple picking at a local farm called Terhune Orchards.  They are a great local farm that grows both conventionally and organically grown produce.  Even with their conventional crops they try to keep the spraying to a minimum.  They have two farms sites; one main farm where their farm store is located and they grow the majority of their crops as well as a second location just down the road where they grow additional items and a variety of apples. 

We chose the second location as they had a larger variety of apples and we figured that there would be less people around.  This decision turned out to be a good one and there were only a few other families there that day.   We had rows and rows of apple trees to ourselves.  It was so much fun to just hang out, be outside and do sometime Fall inspired. 

They have a number of apple types to pick.  Before too long we had full baskets and decided to call it a day.  We both walked away with about 14 pounds of apples.  That my friends, is a lot of apples…

After paying for our apples we went over to the farm store to pick up a few more items we would need as we planned on doing a lot of cooking with our freshly picked apples.  Items in hand it was time to get back to the house and get to work. 

I had planned to make two main things with the apples, both of which I had never cooked before.  I planned what we have named Apple Mush (it is chunkier that most apple sauces) and for the real test Focaccia Bread with Sweet Onions and Apples.  Until this weekend I had never baked bread before, and to tell you the truth the idea of it was always intimidating.  I am beyond excited to report that we had success on both parts.  The Apple Mush was apple-cinnamony goodness and the bread was perfection.