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It’s apple season!

I know I’ve mentioned that my family makes an annual visit to Elijay, Georgia each year for the apple festival and many of you had lots of questions about it.  Well, I thought I would share a little information about Elijay’s apple festival here along with some other apple-related things and recipes for you all, even if you can’t make it to Elijay this year!

First, Elijay’s annual apple festival generally happens for the middle two weekends in October.  This year it is this weekend and next weekend (Oct 9, 10th, 16th, & 17th).  There is a parade on October 16th starting at 10 am.  The apple festival is a showcase of all the local apple orchards and their harvest this year, along with apple related food items (jellies, jams, quick breads, deserts, crafts, and my husband’s favorite – the apple fritter).  You can expect hoards of people to be there on these two weekends.  If you want to take it slow and avoid the crowds, no worries, the orchards at Elijay are open for business just like they are for the apple festival, but with fewer people!  My family actually enjoys going when it is a little less busy.  We always go and have a great time sampling and looking and usually come home with a sack of locally grown Fuji apples (our favorite) along with some apple cider, and a big box of sweet potatoes.  If you would like more information on the orchards and what they have to offer (including pick your own!) check out the website here.

Can’t make it to Elijay?  No worries!  It is Applefest at Walmart!

Walmart has an incredible offering right now to help you celebrate your own apple fest at home!  They’ve got tons of varieties of apples (including local and organic varieties) so you are sure to find your family’s favorite.  You’ll find apple bread, apple cider, caramel apples, apple crisp, apple pie, and lots of other apple baked goods!  While you’re there you can also pick up the ingredients to make these tasty baked apples:

Baked Apples

6 large tart apples (golden delicious, Fuji, or Granny Smith all work great!)
2 1/4 c. water
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
3 T honey
1 c. golden raisins
6 T chopped pecans
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Core and peel the top 1/3 of the apples. Place the apples in an ungreased baking dish.

In a saucepan, heat the water, brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon to make a syrup. Fill the apples with the raisins and pecans. Sprinkle any remaining raisins in the pan. Pour the syrup over the apples.

Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree, preheated oven.

Stay tuned for a how to on candied apples here on Wholesome Mommy!

I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program.  Walmart has provided me with compensation to blog about Applefest at Walmart.  Participation in this program is voluntary. All opinions are my own.