Written by Cindy Lewis
If there was a national fruit in the U.S., surely it would be the apple. Last month, after holding my daughter's birthday party at a local orchard, I found myself with more than a peck of mostly McIntosh apples. (A peck equates to 8 quarts or about 538 cubic inches, a bit of mathematical trivia I learned just last week.)
After making two crisps and a batch of applesauce, I flipped through my cookbooks for new ideas. Nor surprisingly, Deborah Madison's “Local Flavors — Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets” had just the trick: apple-oat pancakes with cheddar cheese. When topped with maple syrup, these are the perfect treat on a crisp fall morning.
For those of you who may not make it to a nearby orchard this fall, stop by the Lexington Farmers' Market, where you'll find glorious fresh-picked local apples, including many heirloom varieties, such as pink ladies, honeycrisp and Macoun. In fact, New England's apple orchards are enjoying a high quality crop for the second year in a row, thanks to ample rain during the growing season. Whether your tastes run from tart to sweet, you'll find plenty of crunchy, delicious apples at the Market.
Cindy Lewis is a Lexington resident and a Lexington Farmers’ Market volunteer.
The Lexington Farmers’ Market (LFM), located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Fletcher Avenue and Woburn Street in Lexington Center, is open every Tuesday, 2-6:30 p.m., rain or shine, until Oct. 25. Save the date: the LFM will be hosting its second annual Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 22, noon-4 p.m., at Seasons Four in Lexington. For more information, visit lexingtonfarmersmarket.org.
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