It’s Apple Season!

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It’s October, which means it’s finally fall, cooler weather and tons of apples! Since 1996, National Apple Month has been celebrated every October. There are many different varieties of apples. You can get them sweet as you like, or choose the sour ones for baking. If you get the chance to go pick them yourself, load up the family and go! There are a few local orchards near McDowell County. The Orchard at Alta Pass is located off the parkway in Spruce Pine. Apple Hill Orchard is located in Morganton. Both have the option to pick them yourself. Before planning a trip, always check the website for information.

Information on The Orchard at Altapass

Information on Apple Hill Orchard

Be sure to grab your favorite apples and try your hand at this Winter Fruit Crisp.

Winter Fruit Crisp


4 cups diced apples
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  2. Arrange fruit in the dish. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over fruit.
  3. Bake until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

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Janet Bryan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJanet BryanEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant Call Janet Email Janet N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center
Updated on Sep 30, 2022
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