North Star Orchard Blog

Could someone please tell me where the expression “easy as pie” came from?  Pies are not easy! Like all skilled tasks, pie baking takes practice and repetition, usually a mentor of some sort, and a magic touch doesn't hurt either.  We're talking about a very temperamental process that can be thwarted by humidity and any number of other factors.

Greetings!  With much rejoicing and a good appetite, I am excited to welcome the apple season! Primed by the early apples, we eagerly await such old—or soon-to-be—friends as the Winecrisp, Reinette Simerenko, and, last but not least, the Gold Rush.  The Gold Rush is a versatile variety, delicious sautéed and baked as well as eaten right out of the bowl.

(Note: This piece, written by helper Devin, is based on his understanding of the current knowledge base about the health effects of sugars and fruits, and should not be taken as actual medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or nutritionist and/or research journaled articles and studies for the most current and best-for-you recommendations)

Does the thought of "making applesauce" conjur images of a huge pot on the stove, a (who ones one??) Foley Food Mill, and crazy amounts of time peeling and slicing? Well...fear no more! This method is so easy you hardly have to think about it, yet will end up with a delicious sauce you'll be wanting to make over and over again (and it makes the house smell SO good in the process!):

As August comes to a close, we find ourselves knee-deep in the midst of the growing season. Produce just keeps rolling in: ripe tomatoes straight off of the vine, sweet and pungent onions, earthy carrots and beets, creamy potatoes, crunchy peppers, fragrant basil, and the first sugary bites of winter squash.

As summer begins to wind down, a local native fruit is only just beginning to show signs of ripening. You may not have ever heard of our somewhat obscure resident fruit tree, Asimina Triloba. It’s a fruit that goes by many names: Banango, Asimoya, Indian Banana, Poor Man’s Banana, Prairie Banana, Hoosier Banana, Hillbilly Mango, Quacker Delight, and (most commonly) Pawpaw.

Hello! Zoe here again...

With the long summer days and warm weather has come the fruit season, and in full force! While the CSA runs, I joyfully plunge into apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and especially plums. The many varieties of this sweet, juicy fruit have never failed to delight me for my many years at North Star. 

Hello! This is Zoe again. I have returned from attending the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, from whence I come a new and, I believe, better person. 

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