I’m an western New Yorker by birth. I spent the first 23 years of my life in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Even with all the places I’ve seen, I still think New York is one of the most beautiful on all of God’s green earth. Every year that I am able to, I return in the fall to see the changing leaves and to buy as many New York apples as I think I could possibly eat and bake.
I’ve picked at several orchards upstate, but Reisinger’s Apple Country in Watkins Glen has become my go-to in recent years. The orchard is organized, well-maintained and has a variety of breeds of apple. Be sure to try the crimson crisp if it is in season! The staff are wonderful and the store sells many other fruits and vegetables as well as the all important cider doughnut. If you haven’t had cider doughnuts, especially one hot and fresh, you need to.
I still have raspberries in my freezer from last year’s trip to Reisinger’s and this jar of apple butter. I opened it today to slather on homemade cornbread (I used this recipe). It may be mid-July and hot and humid in Washington, D.C., but for a few minutes it was fall again.
Last year, after our Reisinger’s trip we returned to Horseheads by Millport and stopped at The Royal Treat for ice cream. I had pumpkin soft serve that was most delicious soft serve ice cream I’ve ever eaten.