Did you know that September was North Carolina’s Official Apple Month??? Our home state of North Carolina ranks seventh in apple production in the United States. 40% of North Carolina apples are sold as fresh apples and 60% of North Carolina apples are made into apple sauce and apple juice! Yum! Apples grow best in areas that have warm days and cool nights, which means that our Mountain Region is perfect for growing apples! The County that produces the most apples in North Carolina is Henderson County and the peak harvest time for North Carolina apples is mid-August through October.
The old saying goes, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Apples are delicious and healthy to eat. They have zero fat per serving and 5 grams of fiber. Apples are also high in potassium and low in sodium. The four major apple varieties that are grown in North Carolina are: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, and Rome Beauty.
Join Mrs. Moore for story time! The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree.
Want to learn more about apples and how they grow? Check out this video!
Do you and your family want to visit a North Carolina apple orchard and pick your own apples? Check out the free app called Visit NC Farms.
Mrs. Moore’s FAVORITE Apple Crisp Recipe
From: Jackie Clay’s book Growing and Canning Your Own Food
32 ounce can of sliced apples, drained (can use fresh apples that you cook until soft)
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup flour
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup butter
Pour apples in an 8×8-inch lightly greased baking pan. Mix the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350 degrees until topping is brown.
A huge thank you to the Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom for the book The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree and apple facts. Thank you to the Alamance County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for donating and sponsoring our Book Barn in our Library so our Grizzlies can learn about agriculture in and around North Carolina!
Post contributed by: Mrs. Moore