New England in the fall brings to mind one special word: apples. Apple picking on a crisp autumn day, the aroma of a baking pie wafting through the house, and simply, an easy, nutritious, portable snack at the ready.
At the Boston Public Market, we focus on fresh, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New England, and feature 7 produce vendors, so apples are our “bread and butter (apple butter?).”
Curious about what types of apples are ripe for picking? Check out Red Apple Farm’s “What’s in Season” chart to find out what varieties are best for snacks, sauces, and pies right now.
Join us at the Boston Public Market this week for several fun activities to learn more about apple varieties, nutrition, and fun facts from our farmers.
- Apple Tasting Class led by Stillman’s Farm (Wednesday, 9/16 12-1 pm)
Join Stillman’s Farm in the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market to sample the numerous apple varieties grown in New England. Class is free; sign-up not required.
- Free Apples for Students (Friday, 9/18, all day)
Each K-12 student who visits the Market will receive an apple from one of our farms in honor of the new season and our mission to provide fresh, healthy food and nutritional education. Local farmers will be on hand to talk about New England apples, and Red Apple Farm will showcase their antique apple cider press, and offer to pair your sliced apple with delicious peanut butter from fellow vendor, Q’s Nuts!
- Apple Scavenger Hunt (Friday, 9/18, all day)
Explore the Market with your student using our self-guided Apple Scavenger hunt handout!
- Apple Kid’s Crafts in the Toddler Nook (Friday, 9/18, 10-11 am, 4-5 pm)
Join us in the Market’s Toddler Nook for apple printmaking! This fun, colorful, fall craft allows kids of all ages to paint using the fall harvest. We will teach students how to make their own apple prints and send them home with art, as well as a quick, healthy applesauce recipe.
Last but not least – a word from Al Rose, Owner of Red Apple Farm, located in Phillipston, Massachusetts, owned and tended by the Rose family for 4 generations.
“We are fortunate to have a bumper crop of apples this year! New England is projected to harvest the biggest crop in over a decade. Great growing conditions earlier on, a lighter crop the previous year, and a bunch of other factors (including good luck) are setting this Fall Harvest to be one for the record books! An apple a day keeps the doctor away but a bunch makes us all feel a bit more blessed!”