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Sauce-Sational: An Experiment in Applesacue
- Arlet (Swiss Gourmet)
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I can’t believe it but it’s true! This year we’ll be celebrating the 10th Annual Hand Crafted Hoedown for the Holiday’s. I know this becau...
I’m so excited to share with you a recipe from our brand new cookbook, ‘ Farm Fresh Recipes from Lapacek’s Orchard’ which is available onli...
Many customers come in and ask us if we grow that apple that their grandmother’s told them you only need one apple for one pie – of course ...
The other weekend my Aunt Ellen (along with quite a few of my other relatives) visited the orchard. My Aunt Ellen is one of my 12 aunts on ...
Let’s keep right on rolling on the applesauce analysis train. Next up is another great apple that you’ll have to wait until 2017 to try if ...
Not only is there an ‘apple season’ but there is a ‘season’ of the apples. Currently we are in the ‘early apple season’. September is ‘mid...
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I can’t believe it but it’s true! This year we’ll be celebrating the 10th Annual Hand Crafted Hoedown for the Holiday’s. I know this because that means my oldest daughter will be 10 at the end of November! Time really does fly!
We once again have a great line up of local artisans for the show this year! It’s time to start thinking about the Holiday’s and finding that ‘perfect’ gift for that special someone. We have the perfect event coming up in just a few weeks! Below is a summary of what you can expect to find!
An opportunity to buy unique, locally hand-crafted items for friends and family while listening to holiday music!
Items from numerous artists include: Quilts, Ornaments, Baskets, Bags and Purses, Holiday Decoration, Baby Items, Hand-Dyed Clothing, Jewelry, Crocheted Hats, Winter Items, Candles and More!
Also, a Mini Quilt Shop and freshly baked goodies from Lapacek's Orchard!
WHEN:Friday, November 18th from 9am-6pm
Saturday, November 19th from 9am-5pm
N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955
(I will continue to expand this list as I hear from more folks)
Persimon Dreams – quilted and sewn items, pillows, jewelry, ornaments, christmas trees, and more!
Diane Lapacek – quilted and sewn items, gourds, hand painted items
Mercedi, Capri & Pip Lapacek – an assortment of ornaments and other fun items!
CJs Eco Chic – Soy Candles
The Hammer Factory - design and create custom reclaimed wood art, decorations and signs
The Painted Daisy – upcycled sweater scarves and arm warmers
Pointelle Designs - headbands, winter headbands, fingerless mittens, hats, fabric headbands, fabric covered button earrings, felted acorn ornaments and mini hat ornaments!
Dean Piehl - Woodworking
Cheryl S - fun wine bottle decorations
Julia J - Uncommon Objects
Another Man's Treasures - Custom Upcycling and Woodworking
Grandma Jean’s Quilt Ladders & Racks
Cora H – Bath Bombs
Upcycled Funk – Upcycled random amazing-ness
Autumn Raindrops – Girls Clothing and bows
Casa&Co - hand stamped pillows
Cheryl P – Hand crafted items for the home
Baskets by Becky – hand woven baskets and log snowmen
Dianne H – crocheted items
Barb Raisbeck, - Quilted bags
Deette K – painted signs
Jan Dorner – pedestal plates & beaded servers
KTBortz - Belt Buckle Bracelets
This show is full of so much talent and variety – you’ll be able to cross TONS of folks off your list! Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, November 18th and Saturday November 19th!
Let’s keep right on rolling on the applesauce analysis train. Next up is another great apple that you’ll have to wait until 2017 to try if you haven’t already – the Melrose apple. This is a juicy, crisp apple that is just a bit tarter than the Honeycrisp.
This was not one of my favorite sauces. The texture was just not there and the flavor was just not my favorite – tart with a bit of tang to it perhaps. I’m sure it would add another dimension to an applesauce if it’s mixed with a few other varieties though – just not one I would use for a solo applesauce.
Happy morning everyone! It’s a bit overcast looking outside but the air sure feels great! Hopefully it will be a wonderful day to head to the orchard to get apples and pick a pumpkin in one of our five patches!
We have some really unique and fun pumpkins in our patch! Once you’ve picked your pumpkin you just bring it to the weigh station we have set up between the two sheds, under the lean (near the glittered sewing machines), weigh the pumpkins, fill out the sheet that is at the station, put your pumpkins right in your car and just bring the sheet into the shop to pay. It gets to be a clutter to have all the pumpkins and wagons hauled into the shop so we’ve decided to trust folks and do things this way.
Apples! Of course we have apples still!
Final call – Jonathan, Bonnie’s Best, Jumbo and Sno! It is unlikely that these varieties will be around longer than the weekend … if even through the end of Saturday.
Let’s see … are you still super sad that the honeycrisp are all gone? Seriously – come on in and give the Snow Sweet a try. I think we’ll have your new favorite apple (at least until next September). The flavor of the fireside and gala is also quite incredible if you are into sweeter apples.
Do you want something tart? The Northern Spy and Winesap have been pleasantly surprising many folks! The Haralson is also a safe bet!
Our Golden Delicious are beautiful and delicious this year! These are a fabulous all around apple – great for eating, baking, and drying!
Are you looking for a good, hard apple with a sweet with a hint of tart flavor – give the cameo a try!
Regents, Empire, and spartan apples are all great choices to make the whole family happy!
If you are a fan of the Red Delicious ours have been picked and are gorgeous.
The weekends get a bit crazy so if there’s not a sample out on the shelf of an apple you want to try just pop your head into the sorting room and ask for one! We want you to try the apples so you know you’re happy with the bag you selected!
Donuts and caramel apples are completely stocked to start the day today! We’ve been working hard to make sure there are enough to make the end of the day!
Let’s get to another one of those great “early” golden deliicious-type apples for applesauce. I love a Golden Delicious applesauce so my expectations where high for these exceptional smoothee apples.
It was a delicious sweet, juicy, and chunky applesauce! I was a bit surprised by how dark the color of the apples turned but since color really doesn’t effect flavor it doesn’t really matter.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more Smoothee apples in 2017!
Crimson Gold is one of our newer apple varieties – in fact, I’m pretty sure this year is the first year we’ve had a decent crop of them at all. It’s a nice hard, sweet apple with just a hint of tart in it. It seems that most folks that tried it purchased a bag. There aren’t anymore this year but it’s definitely a variety to watch out for in the 2017 season.
I did grab a few of the apples so I could analysis how it worked in applesauce for you all.
These cooked down into a delicious applesauce. It was fairly chunky and had a great sweet flavor. The Crimson Gold are definitely on the top of my applesauce list for great apples!
It’s raining again and I’ve been saucing but not finding time to write up about the applesauce. I’ll get a bunch ready for you today! I’m going to start with an apple we still have available at the moment – the Haralson.
I peeled, cored and sliced my haralson apples and put them right into my crock pot to make into applesauce.
It took a bit to cook down so I think in a pie they would keep there shape fairly nicely.
The applesauce was slightly chunky and had a great tart flavor to it. Since I’m a sweet girl it was a bit too tart for me but my daughter Cedi just gobbled it down! If you are a fan of tart – the Haralson is the apple for you!
Today I’m sharing with you my results from saucing the Golden Supreme apples. We are out of these apples for this year but they are definitely ones you need to put on your “must try” list for next season! They really are a great apple! Let’s get back to applesauce.
And a few hours later I had a delicious, chunkier apple sauce. It was sweet with a hint of tartness .. I’d almost describe it as tangy. Definitely an apple I would make apple sauce with again!
Happy October everyone! I love October at the apple orchard – crisp weather, fall decorations and delicious apples! Can’t wait!
The rumors are true – we are all sold out of honeycrisp apples. And no – we won’t be getting anymore. We only sell apples that we grow and pick at our orchard. I’m sorry if you’re super bummed about this but I guarantee you’re not the only one. I would LOVE to have honeycrisp apples all season long if we could but unfortunately a frost in May during blossom time severely damaged our honeycrisp crop. Luckily – it didn’t affect all of our apples quite to that extent and we still have TONS of amazingly delicious apples to try!
I’m truly not just “Saying” that we have apples that are just as good if not better than honeycrisp left. We’ve proven throughout this week we can successfully find an apple folks are going to love to eat for the end of the season. From my personal observations if you like the crisp/juicy/slightly tart side of the honeycrisp you’re going to pick a Jonagold. If you like the sweeter side of the honeycrisp give the Snow Sweet aside. Sometimes we may ask you what you ate “before” you discovered the honeycrisp. You see – the honeycrisp apple is one of those apples that EVERYONE likes – be it a typically tart apple eater, sweet apple eater, or somewhere in the middle. A person who liked to eat Cortland’s before they had honeycrisp may want to try the Melrose or Bonnie’s Best (or cortland).
Our pumpkin patch is OPEN and there are some gorgeous pumpkins being picked out there! We have FIVE different areas we grew pumpkins this year which means you get to go on an adventure to find the perfect one! Grab a wagon if you see one – or bring your own and see what you can find!
Hope to see you at the orchard! We’re open from 9-6 today – Saturday, and 10-5 tomorrow!
Other events in the area
Best Practice at the Barn of Dreams 8pm to 11:30pm
This is not the first time I’ve made applesauce out of Wolf River apples … it’s just the first time I’ve made time to write up the analysis – whoops!
Anyway – I’m feeling much more determined to get some of these mid-season apples cooked into applesauce and analyzed for you all!
Wolf River … too big and soft to even put through the apple peeler/corer/slicer so I just cut it into chunks.
On a complete side note – it’s really interesting that the apple flesh started to brown pretty much as soon as it was exposed to air.
I cooked these babies up just like all the rest and it turned into applesauce a few hours later:
I have to say … not my favorite. It was a sour, dry, almost paste-like texture for applesauce. I think one mixed in with others would create depth (maybe 2 or 3 if the batch is big enough) but I would never use these alone to make applesauce again. Definitely not a high star rating in the applesauce department for my taste buds.