So its that time of the year where my family's thoughts turn to fresh apple pies. We usually make about 6-8 for the winter months, but this year, improper pruning + wacky fall wind storms have combined to wreck havoc with our family tree, and we don't have nearly as many fresh apples on the branches as previous years.
With my heart still set on at least a half-dozen pies plus apples for snacking, we're going to have to turn to other supplies. Groecery store apples are out of the question, as they have travelled 100s of kilometers in less than ideal storage conditions, and coated with whatever that disgusting waxy substance is.
So where do I go for fresh, bulk apples? I know the farmer's market has them available, and l'm going to check out selection and prices today, but if I remember correctly those will be some expensive pies if I go that route. Is there something an apple orchid in the city I don't know about? Do I have to drive to BC? Or is the cost of fresh apples just something I'm just going to have to deal with?