Real Partners of HBS – Apple Picking: A New England Tradition

Flag football season, fall foliage, section retreats, pumpkin carving, section vests, and Halloween-autumn around HBS is a special time. Students and partners can be found outdoors enjoying the last days of mild temperatures and taking part in true New England traditions. For starters, apple-picking is a popular activity and fun for all ages.

Just 20 miles west of Boston, you can find just about every apple you can think of: McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, only a sample of the 20 varieties available at Shelburne Farm in Stow, Mass. The orchard is bustling this time of year with annual visitors and first-timers alike anxious to pick apples during peak season running from late September through late October.

Our own HBS Partners’ Club members recently coordinated a group trip to Shelburne Farm where they took part in a variety of activities on the farm. For some of these partners, visiting a working farm and taking part in the fall harvest is a completely unique experience.

“We don’t even have apple trees or grow pumpkins in Iceland so just seeing an actual apple tree was a whole new experience for me,” said Sigrun Jonsdottir, wife of Oli Johnson (EC section J). A long-standing activity during the fall harvest season, apple-picking is a quintessential experience for internationals looking to learn more about American culture.

In additional to international partners, many domestic partners have never gone beyond the produce section of their local grocery store. “I had never been apple picking before, so it was definitely a neat experience to pick the apples that I took home to bake and eat,” said Maegan Brown, wife of Brandon Brown (EC section H). Baking apple-centric recipes and feasting on one’s delicious harvest is a huge perk of the apple-picking experience. There is something to be said for picking the fruit from the tree and bringing it to your own table. It just tastes better!

In additional to apple-picking, Shelburne Farm offers many other family-friendly activities. “Last year, we had a wonderful time sipping apple cider, nibbling on donuts replica breitling bentley 6.75, and trying to scout out the choice apples,” recalled Wendy Thomas, wife of Kimball Thomas (EC section F). “This year, we enjoyed a hayride around the farm and a pony ride with our son Jack.” The farm also offers pick your own pumpkin until October 31st.

Shelburne Farm is located at 106 West Acton Road replica breitling Aeromarine , Stow, MA, 01775. Pick-your-own apples are purchased by the bag and there is no charge for admission to the orchards. For more information, visit their website at

New England Apple Bread
by Wendy Thomas

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups apples – peeled,
cored, and coarsely chopped

In bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and apples. Stir into flour mixture Then add applesauce and mix in.ÿ Divided mixture between two greased 8-in. x 4-in. bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or untilÿbread test doneÿ(I fill the pans 3/4 full and it usually bakes for 55min). Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack before removing from pan.

Mom’s Special Apple Pie
By Maegan Brown

1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. plus 2 T. butter
1/4 c. water

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter. Add water and toss with a fork until evenly moistened. Roll out on a lightly floured board and put in a 10″ pie plate. Set aside.

8 Macintosh apples, peeled,
cored and sliced
1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 2/3 c. sour cream
2 t. vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine all ingredients and spoon into piecrust. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 40 minutes or until filling is golden and slightly puffed.

1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 c. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened

Combine nuts, flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix very well. Blend in butter until mixture crumbles. Spoon topping over pie and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Apple Cake
By Sigrun Jonsdottir

125 g flour
125 g sugar
125 g butter
chocolate raisins
salted peanuts
2-3 large granny smith apples
(green apples)

Mix the flour, sugar and butter. Peel the apples and cut them into slices. Spray the form and put the apples in. Put the cinnamon and chocolate raisins over the apples ( as much or little as you like). Put the dough over and finally put the salted peanuts on top.

Bake at 390 F for 30 minutes or until the cake is golden brown.

Serve with cream or ice cream.

October 18, 2010
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