Yesterday I published a blog post about how to find local produce where you live. I also mentioned how tough it is for us Northerners to get local produce this time of year, unless you plan ahead by storing your summer and fall harvest or find a producer who stores it and is willing to sell.
Because both Bill and I love McIntosh apples, we were thrilled to find that Wells Orchards, one of the producers who belongs to West Michigan Co-op where we buy local produce and meat, had a stash of Macs this month. So we ordered a peck and put them in a cooler in the garage, which is what a local farmer suggested to me last fall.
When berries are available, we love mixing them into our oatmeal, as I blogged about in September. In the fall, we switched to apples and were just about out of the bushel of Cortlands we bought at the Holland Farmers’ Market when we found our treasure at Wells Orchards.
Now we’ve got plenty to get us through Saturday morning oatmeal (cooked, not instant) for the rest of the winter.
Just cook the oatmeal for about five minutes; meanwhile, peel, core, and chop up an apple.
Add the chopped apple to the oatmeal, then mix in some cinnamon sugar and walnuts.
Stir it all up with a little cow’s milk, rice milk, soy milk, or almond milk–take your pick.
It makes a hearty breakfast!