If you’ve looked at your Facebook feed lately, you already know that apple orchards have been the place to be these last few weeks. Families have been making the most of this late blast of summer weather by heading to the orchard and picking apples with their kids. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and the perfect opportunity to teach your children about farming and where food comes from.
Many local PYO apple orchards are set on working farms that produce a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you’re heading out to grab some McIntosh for baking or Honeycrisp for those school lunches, why not take the opportunity to teach your kids about growing, harvesting and cooking food straight from the farm? Start by enjoying some family time at the orchard, and then head over to the VG Meats shop in Stoney Creek to grab some of your favourite products. Here are a few great pairings that the whole family will love.
Pork Chops with Apple SaucePick up some of our delicious Butterfly Pork Chops, lightly season them with salt and pepper, and then grill or bake them until perfectly cooked. Serve alongside a baked potato, your favourite fall vegetables and homemade applesauce. This recipe is great!
Farmer’s Sausage with ApplesOur savoury Farmer’s Sausage pairs well with fresh, sweet apples that have been sauteed to perfection. Try this recipe, which incorporates fennel and the acidity of cider vinegar for a tasty family dinner.
BBQ with Apple ColeslawColeslaw is always a hit, but sweet and tangy apple coleslaw is on another level. Try this recipe by Wolfgang Puck - it pairs well with ribs, burgers or barbecued chicken breasts.
Roast Beef Dinner with Apple Pie
A traditional Sunday roast with all of the fixings is popular with many families, and apple pie is never a bad idea. Try this fantastic recipe - it’s simple but incredibly good. Your family will thank you!
Try checking out some of these nearby pick-your-own apple orchards:
Myers Apple Farm, Copetown: https://www.myersapples.com/
Carluke Orchards, Ancaster: https://www.carlukeorchards.ca/
Frootogo Farms, Waterdown: http://frootogo.ca/Home.htm
Chudleigh’s Farm, Milton: https://www.chudleighs.com/
Thanks for reading - we’ll see you at the VG Meats shop!