It's been busy for me lately with work, weddings and other social events leaving me little time for myself. However on a recent trip to Warwick (when I say recent I mean back in April) I had some spare time with the boy to go and explore the local apple orchards just north of Stanthorpe. I have been wanting to go apple picking for a while now, I enjoy the idea of seeing where exactly my food has come from. Sutton's Farm is across the road from the big apple which is on the highway south of Warwick and just north of Stanthorpe.
We made our way through the shop and cafe out into the orchard where we were told that pink ladies were in season for the picking. It was a real eye opener to find not all of the apples to be perfectly ripe and shiny like you would find in your local woolworths or coles supermarket. It was also unreal when thinking of this distorted view on fresh fruit how much must actually go to waste. I guess this just made it clear to me how far from real my view of fresh fruit and vegetables was.
I was happy to know that all the apples that weren't perfect enough to go home with me were made into fresh apple juice and cider. We picked a couple bottles of juice, I enjoyed the apple with fresh ginger, as well as some apple butter which we found later to be perfect atop toasted Turkish bread, pork chops or mixed into your mashed potatoes. If you have time make sure you stop in and try their apple pie, it is unreal packed full of fresh apples. The apples that we did bring home were so much sweeter and full of flavour as opposed to the ones you would pick up from your local super market. I feel I will be attempting to purchase our fruit and veggies from the local farmers markets rather than our local Coles or Woolworths from now on. I will no longer be afraid to pick up that apple or tomato with the slight blemish either!
I'm excited to share with you what I baked with these sweet yet tart pink lady apples!