1. It's apple-picking season—get thee to an orchard!! and
2. Time to get your copy of WINTERSWEET down from the highest shelf and start making baked caramel apples, ginger apple cake, and apple walnut bread pudding with cinnamon-cider sauce.
Contrary to the title, my cookbook isn't just for the winter. It's for the fall, too, starting with apples and gradually including pears, cranberries, pumpkins, squash, and all those gnarly root vegetables people don't know what to do with. If you're just joining us and you'd like your own copy, here are some local farms and orchards that have apples AND a stack of signed cookbooks. So you can have your apple cake and eat it too:
Carver Hill Orchard, 101 Brookside Ave., Stow: The orchard is open for pick-your-own apples, and their cider is out of this world. I've been going here for years, and I've always walked away with a smile on my face. They have cider doughnuts, too. Tell Cindy I said hi.
Bolton Spring Farm, 149 Main St. (Rt. 117), Bolton: Pick your own apples and then grab anything else you need at the quaint country store.
Marble Hill Farm, 29 Great Rd. (Rt. 117), Stow: Fruits, veggies, flowers, and all manner of pies are available at this cute little farmstand along Rt. 117. Kids will enjoy the goats, sheep, and alpacas right behind it.
Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord: Same deal. Shop. Drop. Repeat.
Moody St. Deli, 468 Moody St., Waltham: OK, this isn't a farm and they don't have apples, but they do have pastured pork lard for pie-making. Go grab yourself a Cuban sandwich and some provisions for the week (cheese, olives, soup, insanely delicious sausages, etc.) It's worth the trip, my friends, even if you don't need another damned copy of my book!