This weekend, Michael and I made it a point to stay close to home in Red Bank and explore the fall season in our (relatively) new town. So on Saturday, we visited Eastmont Orchards in Colts Neck, and came home with a cornucopia of tasty fruit and vegetables!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – even though I’ve been living mostly in the Garden State since late 2017, I had not yet dived into the world of pick-your-own orchards.
It. Was. Amazing.
Hundreds of pumpkins. Thousands of apple and peach trees. And on top of all of that, a farm stand where you can buy fresh vegetables and apple butters.
We bought the apples that were in season this weekend – Cortland, Jonathan, and Empire.
I hadn’t planned on buying peaches – I’m not a big peach person. But I got sucked in.
On top of that, we bought tomatoes and red sweet potatoes too!
Once we got home, we had to triage. Of course, apples are going to be a big part of my eating this week (the dark red Jonathan variety is my favorite!!), but I knew I had to dispatch the peaches as quickly as possible or they were going to go bad.
They were quickly transformed into mini-tarts with cinnamon yogurt and granola.
Eastmont Orchards was a huge win not only for the sheer fun of it, but also for our meals for the week.
Many of my clients worry about the blood sugar and weight implications of eating too much fruit. But apples are an important source of Vitamin C, fiber, and other phytonutrients, and peaches – in addition to being a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A – are surprisingly low in calories relative to their sweetness and satisfaction.
Fruits like apples and peaches are an important part of a healthy diet – don’t get scared by carbohydrate fear-mongering!
Finally, I had to share the results of an experiment: we thin-sliced the red sweet potatoes with a mandolin and baked them with a little coconut oil. The results? Delicious. But they “wilted” within two days – we now have limp and slightly moist potato chips on our hands. My question to you, reader: do you know if an air fryer or dehydrator makes a difference in terms of how long homemade chips keep?
Eastmont Orchards was a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend it!