I went apple picking with some friends last weekend, it was fantastic. It was muddy though, so I’m glad I wore boots. Also? The reusable shopping bags were very helpful.
I heard about Jones Creek Farms from a friend and this past weekend just happened to be their Harvest Festival. They have pick your own apples service August through November, it was a little late for picking this year as it was an early growing season. As a result there was a lot of fruit on the ground, and sometimes hard to find an good apple left on the trees (and no pears left to be found). The farm is welcoming, and you’re encouraged to try a sample of an apple before you pick a whole bunch, as a result we tasted a whole lot of delicious apples. I came home with nine pounds and I hardly think it is enough. I’m already planning to return next year.
This one is my favorite. It has an almost geometric shape, it’s nice and weighty and has a crisp texture with a bit of tartness. Unforunately I have no idea which variety it is. If you’re in the Seattle area Jones Creek Farms sells at a bunch of farmers markets (the list is at the bottom of the page).