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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 »

Apple Quinoa Salad

If you’re anything of a health nut (or even just an avid food lover!) you’ve most definitely heard of quinoa. It is a superfood and delicious addition to any meal! Now, take that and mix it with the health benefits of apples and you’re in business! Check out this amazing apple, toasted almond, crasin and quinoa salad-

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup quinoa (cooked and cooled)
  • 2 Medium sized apples
  • 1/2 Cup toasted almond slices
  • Raspberry vinaigrette (or any dressing of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup crasins

Directions:

  1. Cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups boiling water and let cool
  2. While the quinoa is cooling, chop apples to desired size and toast almond slices
  3. Mix all ingredients together and add dressing
  4. Enjoy!!

Let us know what you think of this superfruit medley and don’t forget to stop by our Rent an Apple Tree website to get your hands on some of Upstate NY’s most delicious apples!

Apple Chedder Crescent Rolls

Being a college student on a college budget, it is not unusual that I toss together things left in the fridge to make late night snacks. Lucky for me, the Rent an Apple Tree Orchard apples were sitting in my kitchen! The perfect amount of tang from the apples was perfectly balanced by the sweet and buttery aspects of the crescent rolls and the sharp, smooth flavor of the cheese. The end product? Perfection! And (my favourite part) quick and easy! Check it out -

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 apples of your choice
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Crescent Rolls

Directions:

  1. Slice apples to desired thickness.
  2. Shred the cheddar cheese and spread a layer of it on the crescent rolls
  3. Roll up the crescent roll with the apple slice in the middle
  4. Bake at 375 for 12-16 minutes
  5. Enjoy!

We hope you enjoy this tasty treat as much as we did, and don’t forget – the best food is made from the best ingredients! Head on over to our website to see how you can get your hands on our amazing, Upstate NY, Rent an Apple Tree apples!

Did you know…

That apples are amazing? So did we!! What we didn’t know right off the top of our heads, however, were are all of these cool facts. Thanks to Farm Flavor for these nifty tidbits!

  1. More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America.
  2. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
  3. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit. (**Some trees are biannual as well, which  means that they only produce fruit once every other year!)
  4. Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated. (**All Rent an Apple Tree apples are fresh and never freezer stored! In order to keep apples longer they are  sometimes injected with chemicals such as nitrogen which dampen the flavor!)
  5. Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
  6. Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
  7. Apples are a member of the rose family.
  8. The top apple producers around the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy. Apples account for 50 percent of international deciduous fruit tree production.
  9. A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
  10. It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

Wow! Apples are pretty amazing on their own, and we here at RentanAppleTree.com strive to bring you the tastiest and freshest apples that Upstate NY has to offer! Now that your mind has been expanded with apple facts, head on over to our website and figure out how to get your hands on some of our premium apples!

Grilled Cheese with Bacon Apple and Sprouts

It’s getting to be that season where you want something crunchy and juicy, but warm and gooey all at the same side! We here are RentAnAppleTree understand that feeling all too well. The fall season in Upstate NY can get chilly and bitter very quickly! So, how you you stay warm on these nippy October afternoons? You chop up some amazing Rent an Apple Tree apples and pair the sandwich with a cup of hot tomato soup for a start! Many thanks to Martha Stewart for her always flawless recipes-

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices rye or sourdough bread
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked
  • 3 thin slices Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup assorted sprouts, such as radish or adzuki
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, divided

Directions:

Place 1 slice of cheese on 1 slice of bread. Layer bacon, apple, sprouts, and remaining slices of cheese and bread on top

Spread half the butter on top of sandwich. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, and place sandwich, butter side down, in skillet.

Spread remaining butter on top of sandwich. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown, flipping once, about 12 minutes.

Enjoy! Don’t forget to stop by our Rent an Apple Tree website because, if you’re anything like us, you believe that the best food is made with the very best ingredients!

Apple Slaw

Looking for a way to savor Summer while welcoming Fall all at the same time? Well, RentAnAppleTree.com, with the help of All Recipes, thinks we may have found a way!

If you’re anything like me, coleslaw is a food group. Any type! Broccoli slaw is a personal favorite, and I’m sure this apple slaw is going to fit right up there with the others once I try it! With harvest season upon us, now is the best time to try this amazing recipe with your even more amazing Rent an Apple Tree apples! Check it out-

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 (1 pound) jicama, peeled and shredded
  • 2 cups shredded daikon radish
  • 2 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and shredded
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 firm pear, shredded
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place the cabbage, jicama, radish, apple, carrot, pear, and cilantro into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Toss until evenly blended and serve.

Enjoy! Let us know how yours turns out!

 

 

What to do, what to do!

We all know what it’s like when life gets hectic- rushing from here to there, no time for anything, especially not cooking an extravagant meal! Life here at RentAnAppleTree.com is no different! We know just how busy you can get and unfortunately sometimes that means that food gets pushed to the wayside and goes bad.

Fear not! Thanks much the TheNeeds for these nifty ideas on how to salvage those amazing apples. Check it out-

1. Make applesauce

Even if your apples are old and starting to get a little mealy, that’s ok! Cut away and bruised areas and get cooking. Once the apples cook down, they’ll be totally delicious.

2. Cook apple butter

If you think applesauce is great, just wait until you try apple butter. It’s absolutely amazing! Apple butter is made by slow cooking apples past the point of applesauce, until it becomes a thick, glossy, glorious spread.

3. Blend into smoothies

Older and softer apples are great to blend into smoothies! They pair especially well with peanut butter, banana, and yogurt.

4. Stir into oatmeal

Stirring chunks of apple into oatmeal as it cooks, is a nice way to add some extra flavor to your meal. And, the apple acts as a natural sweetener. If you’re feeling motivated, we recommend roasting the apples beforehand!

5. Bake an apple pie

Fall is not complete without apple pie! This just might be my personal favorite way to use up old apples.

6. Dry apple chips in the oven

No dehydrator? No problem! It’s easy to make apple chips in the oven. Dried apples make a nice nutritious snack and a lovely garnish for desserts.

7. Blend with soup

Apples pairs well with so many different kinds of soup! They play especially nice with parsnips, butternut squash, carrot and pumpkin.

8. Bake apples

I like to think of baked apples as inside-out apple crisp. They’re a simple, weeknight-worthy dessert with just a few ingredients. The apple core is scooped out and filled with a mixture of oats, brown sugar, and warm spices, then baked to warm perfection.

 

So, how are you going to use every single one of your amazing Rent an Apple Tree apples? Let us know on our Facebook page or here on this Blog!

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