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Rent an Apple Tree

Are you searching for the perfect gift for a great gift for the upcoming holidays, or perhaps a birthday or anniversary? Or, maybe you have always wanted your own apple tree, but More »

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Growing Apples

Part of the pleasure of growing apple trees on your own property derives from biting into freshly-plucked fruit. So getting a bumper crop from your orchard in fall, eating a few of More »

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Apple Orchard takes a bite at Organic

PLEASANT MOUNT – An apple orchard on a Wayne County farm predating the Civil War may find new life as an organic operation. “You take a chance with any agriculture,” said Dolores More »

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Growing Apples: Pollination

While I am, indeed, recommending the staggered approach, I must emphasize that by no means do I suggest you should be growing apple trees of just one variety per season. Rather, you More »

Happy Easter!

med103097_0907_applegrp_vertHappy Easter!  I hope everyone has a hopping good time today!  While you’re trying to think of a delicious dish for your family brunch, why not give this idea a go.  Apple, grape and celery salad!  Super easy, super fresh, and super delicious.  Your guest won’t be able to get enough!

 

Thanks to Martha Stewart for the awesome recipe!

 

Apple, Grape, and Celery Salad

4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the diagonal, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    In a large bowl, combine celery, apple, grapes, vinegar, and oil. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Garnish with celery leaves.

  3. STEP 3

Enjoy!

Rent an Apple Tree, really, you can!!

rent-a-tree-btnSpring is finally upon us!  For almost a week, we’ve had beautiful, warm weather.  Spring is such a wonderful time, rebirth, beautiful flowers and picnics.  How about something new this year?  How about trying something completely new, something you’ve never done before.  Perhaps, rent your very own apple tree?  Yes, it’s completely possible!  And yes, it may also have something to do with our company name!

Renting an apple tree provides you or a loved one with 48, delicious apples of your choice, picked from your very own apple tree from beautiful Upstate, NY.  You have a wide variety to choose from, including Empire, Macoun and even my personal favorite, Cortland.  All apples come in a special box to protect the apples, packaged by a real person, and includes 4 personalized gift bags and a certificate of authenticity.  Apples will be delivered in the fall, but you encourage anyone that is interested in this unique gift idea to jump on board anytime!

This makes for a great opportunity to brighten someone’s Fall, or any occasion for that matter.  Imagine your little one bringing one of his or her OWN apples to school every day, or your hard at work hubby chomping down on a delicious McIntosh at work, all courtesy of you!  Not to mention, 48 apples?  For the chef at heart, the possibilities are endless!  Apple pie, apple strudel, apple crisp, apple… whatever you’d like!

We ship anywhere in the US, and shipping is even included in the total cost!  You can find us online at our website for more info, and for you techies, we’re even on the Apple App Store!

As a small, privately owned business in Upstate, NY, it’s our passion to provide quality service and products to people all over the US.  From all of us at Rent an Apple Tree, we want to say, Thank you for taking the time to read little bit about us, and we look forward to doing business with you!

 

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Grilled Apple and Swiss Sandwich

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush one side of each slice of bread with the olive oil. Place 1 slice of bread, olive oil side down into the skillet, and arrange the apple slices evenly over the top. Sprinkle the Swiss cheese over the apple, then top with the remaining slice of bread, olive oil-side up. Cook until the bread is golden brown, then flip the sandwich over, and cook until the other side is golden brown and the cheese has melted, 1 to 2 more minutes.

Strawberry Mango Quinoa Salad

The health benefits of apples are without question, however, there are other fruity spring recipes that can get your taste buds jumping as well! For instance, Apples and Sparkle offers up this juicy and crunchy summer salad to wake up your pallet from its hibernation! Check it out-

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Ingredients:

  • 1 c. quinoa, well rinsed
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 c. strawberries, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 of a mango, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 c. 1/2-inch diced unpeeled English cucumber
  • 1 1/2 T. chopped fresh mint
  • 2 T. lime juice
  • 1/2 t. lime zest
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 T. sour cream (or plain yogurt can be subbed)
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare the quinoa: In a medium saucepan combine the quinoa, water and 1/4 t. salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the liquid is just absorbed, about 15 minutes. Spread the cooked quinoa out on a baking sheet to cool for about 20 minutes.
2. In a large bowl whisk together lime juice, zest, honey, sour cream and olive oil. Add the cooled quinoa, strawberries, mango, cucumber and mint. Toss well to combine and season with salt & pepper. (Pepper is optional.) Serve immediately.
Enjoy! And, as always, don’t forget to let us know how yours turns out! We love hearing about your successes just as much as the bumps in the road and how you customized this salad to fit your personal preference! Maybe with some apples…?

 

Apple Sharlotka

When you think America you think– Apple Pie, of course! Well, this is exactly what my Viennese host family thought of when they wanted to make me a going away dinner after my stay with them. I appreciated so much that they wanted to do something “American” for me to feel a little more at home away from home, but what ended up happening was an apple cake, of sorts.

Well, it tasted absolutely fantastic and I am almost 300% sure that this is what they made for me! I have made plenty of apple cakes since returning to America, but none have hit the nail on the head. I have a strange inclination that this will hit the mark- Thank you Smitten Kitchen! Check it out–

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Ingredients:

  • Butter or nonstick spray, for greasing pan
  • 6 large, tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon, to finish
  • Powdered sugar, also to finish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter the paper and the sides of the pan. Peel, halve and core your apples, then chop them into medium-sized chunks. (I cut each half into four “strips” then sliced them fairly thinly — about 1/4-inch — in the other direction.) Pile the cut apples directly in the prepared pan. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, beat eggs with sugar until thick and ribbons form on the surface of the beaten eggs. Beat in vanilla, then stir in flour with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick.
  2. Pour over apples in pan, using a spoon or spatula to spread the batter so that it covers all exposed apples. (Updated to clarify: Spread the batter and press it down into the apple pile. The top of the batter should end up level with the top of the apples.) Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out free of batter. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on rack, then flip out onto another rack, peel off the parchment paper, and flip it back onto a serving platter. Dust lightly with ground cinnamon.
  3. Serve warm or cooled, dusted with powdered sugar. Alex’s family eats it plain, but imagine it would be delicious with a dollop of barely sweetened whipped or sour cream.

Spring Time, Picnics and Pie

52takra1rIt’s finally Spring time!  No doubt about it, I’m loving all of this luscious sun!  The only thing to follow all this sun is all the fun that can be outside.  Frisbee, picnics, hikes, baseball, soccer, you name it!  So long as you don’t forget the hot apple pie!  Check out this Spring time recipe for an old American favorite!  Thanks to Country Living for the recipe guide!

 

Springtime Apple Pie

9 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 stick(s) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cardamom
  • Peel of 1/2 lemon, pith removed, and finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) nutmeg
  • 5 (about 2 1/2 pounds) sweet, firm apples, such as Gala or Jonathan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon(s) raw sugar

Directions

  1. Make the dough: Place 2 1/2 cups flour, butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, vinegar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse together until it resembles coarse meal.
  2. Sprinkle in 5 to 7 tablespoons ice water and pulse until a dough just begins to form. Remove dough from the machine, transfer to a piece of plastic wrap, form into 2 equal-sized disks, and chill until firm — about 45 minutes.
  3. Make the pie filling: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cardamom, lemon peel, and nutmeg in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Peel, core, and cut the apples into 2-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples, toss to combine, and set aside.
  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll one disk into a circle about 1/8 inch thick and place it into a 9-inch pie plate. Place the apple mixture in the pie shell and set aside.
  6. Roll the remaining disk of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick round. Cut a few small slits in the top of the dough, place over the apple filling, and use a fork to crimp the top and bottom piecrust edges together. Brush the pie top with the cream and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake until golden brown — about 1 1/4 hours.
  7. Enjoy!!

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