In nearby Placerville, California, north of Highway 50, there’s a 10-mile stretch of farms known as Apple Hill. In the fall, me and Mister Jack usually pick a weekend during the busy apple harvest for our special trip. During this time, Apple Hill has so many family-friendly activities, and each farm offers products such as baked goods, snacks, crafts, fruit, and vegetables. You can even find vineyards, wineries and breweries. Later in the season, Apple Hill is also a destination for pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms.
I can’t say that I am one of those women who do too much, are overwhelmed and put themselves last. No siree! When it comes to the holidays, I find shortcuts. Why should I knock myself out?
This year, we made it to Apple Hill right after Thanksgiving. One of our favorite places for apple pie is Abel’s Apple Acres. A couple of years ago, we discovered Abel’s. We brought home two apple pies for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the temptation was too great. Those delicious pies had a very short life in our freezer. We had to return to Abel’s for more pies because we ate the two apple pies long before Thanksgiving.
I have to admit that it’s weird to visit Abel’s when the fall crowds are gone. Yet, you can still order baked goods for Christmas because they are open until Christmas Eve. Or, like us, you can purchase frozen pies to take home for the holiday. This year’s favorites are the Dutch apple pie and an apple-cherry pie.
There was a time when I bought apples from Apple Hill and made my own pies. But since we discovered Abel’s Apple Acres, I no longer make my own pies because we consider their pies as homemade.
Keeping these prized apple pies in the freezer until Thanksgiving or Christmas is the hardest thing to do. At the same time, having these pies in the freezer is insurance for a home cook like me. It is one less dish to prepare.