One of our favorite fall festivities is packing up the kids on a cool autumn morning and heading out to one of our favorite apple orchards in the Cleveland Ohio area. (If you need some tips on how to keep your kids entertained in the car on the way to the orchard, click here to check out our article!) We are a family run insurance agency that loves to pass along little tips and tricks to help make your family life a little more adventurous than just watching a Saturday night movie with the family. If you’ve ever been in our office you know we like to have fun, and if you haven’t had the chance to stop by, you should!
Our Favorite Spot
We have definitely done some apple picking in the Cleveland area ourselves, and we’ve had the chance to check out some of these orchards that we’re about to share with you. Having said that, one of our favorites is Miller’s Apple Hill. (www.millerapplehill.com) Miller’s is an affordable place to take your family apple picking in the Cleveland area, and they also have several great fall theme photo taking opportunities. If you get a chance to stop by, tell them Cobos Insurance sent you and be sure to check out their unique gift shop!
“Apple Hill is a quaint farmers market located in Amherst, Ohio which became part of the Miller family tradition in 1986 to expand the retail opportunities for Miller Orchards. Since that time, Apple Hill has become much more than a farm market where fruit and vegetables are sold. The first expansion was completed in 1994. Garage doors were replaced with permanent walls, windows, and doors. Out with the pot-belly stove and in with an actual furnace which meant Apple Hill could remain open year round and begin carrying bulk food. The business grew and in 1996, Apple Hill expanded again, adding on storage and retail space allowing an expanded inventory.”
Apple Orchards in Cleveland
· Brant’s Apple Orchard, Ashtabula
· Kiray’s Orchard, Ashtabula
· Smith’s Fruit Farm, Geneva
· Heavenly Hill Farm, North Royalton
· Royalton Farms, North Royalton
· Eddy Fruit Farm, Chesterland
· Patterson Fruit Farm, Chesterland
· Sage’s Apples, Chardon
· Dodd’s Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst
· Grobe Fruit Farm, Elyria
· McDowell Orchards, Amherst
· Miller Orchards, Amherst
· Spiegelberg Orchard, Lorain
· Geig’s Orchard, Seville
· Mapleside Farms, Brunswick
· The Apple Cabin, Lodi
Of course apples are fun to pick off of a tree and also come in handy when your child has a loose tooth, but what are some other reasons to reach for an apple? Apples are fat free, sodium and salt free, a great source of fiber, and also cholesterol free. Apples are also a great source of antioxidants and the mineral boron which can help strengthen bones. They can also help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels due to the combination of fiber and fructose. In addition to being good for you, apples also contain natural sugar so they can even give you a quick energy boost. So when you're apple picking in Cleveland, remember you're picking delicious and nutritious fruit!
Make your own Caramel Apple Cider!
We love taking our kids out to local apple orchards, but we really love to make our own hot apple cider when we get home! So, what does it take to make your very own home made caramel apple cider? Lets start with the ingredients you will need to get started, you'll need to go down to your favorite local Cleveland farmers market or super market and pick up; 5-10 apples (either red or green, your choice), 1/3 cup of caramel sauce, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 8 cups of water, 1/4 teaspoon of allspice, 1 whole clove, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1 whole orange. Next you will need to get your slow cooker out and start prepping your apples and orange. You will need to cut your apples into quarters and you can actually just throw the entire orange in the slow cooker with the apples. You will want to add the 8 cups of water right after you put the apples and orange in. Next, take all of the other ingredients that we listed (except for the brown sugar and caramel sauce) and throw them in the slow cooker with the apples and orange! You should stir everything up to make sure it is spread throughout the mixture. Set your timer for 6-8 hours and find something else to do, otherwise you will be sitting there watching your slow cooker for way too long!
Once you have let your cider cook for 6-8 hours (and hopefully have gotten something else done in that time), you will want to use a strainer to strain the cider into heat proof pitcher. Now to get that sweet taste, stir in the brown sugar and caramel sauce until it all dissolves. Of course the best way to serve your home made Cleveland caramel apple cider is warm with whipped cream on top! You can even throw in a cinnamon stick to jazz it up a bit. Now that you are an expert at making home made apple cider, you may be thinking to yourself that you could do this full time, and why not? If you think that you could or would want to start your own home based business, be sure to click this sentence and check out our article on insuring your home based business.