It’s Pie Time: Where to Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins Near Philadelphia

Welp, that was quick: The weather forecast is telling us that it is fall, people. And what’s not to love about fall? There’s cozy sweaters, changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything (okay, maybe we could do without that one), and it’s officially warm-pie-for-dessert season. And it’s a simple fact: Pie tastes better when you’ve picked the filling yourself. Lucky for you, there are plenty of farms around Philly where you can pick your own apples, pumpkins and more this fall.

Below, 10 Philly-area farms where you can pick your own apples, pumpkins and more fall favorites and tap into your inner child with hayrides, corn mazes and fall festivals. So don your favorite fall layers, grab some friends and head to the fields. And don’t forget to grab a jug or two of apple cider before you head home. Another simple fact: Pie making is better with spiked apple cider in hand.

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The Quick Trick to Give Berries a Way Longer Shelf Life

There are few happier times of year than berry season, are we right? During mid-to-late summer, markets, produce stands and grocery stores are swimming in fresh, ripe and delicious berries ready to be gobbled up in pies, parfaits and fruit salads. The only real dilemma here is that — and I know I’m not alone here — sometimes we get a little carried away and buy too many berries (hard to believe there’s such a thing …) and they start to turn before I even touch ’em. Womp, womp. But alas, the folks over at Bon Appétit just pointed out a technique that will keep your berries around longer — and make your work lunches feel WAY more fancy (even if you are eating them out of a plastic Tupperware container).

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Get Fresh, Local Produce All Year: Your 2016 Fall and Winter CSA Guide

Greensgrow Farms CSA share | Photo via Facebook

Greensgrow Farms CSA share | Photo via Facebook

If you missed the boat for a summer community-supported agriculture program (CSA), now’s your chance to get in on the farm-fresh veggie game: Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about fall and winter CSAs.

In case you aren’t familiar, a CSA usually works like this: You buy a share of a farm’s harvest and, in return, you get a weekly or biweekly delivery of fresh produce that you grab at the nearest pick-up site. Most of the farms we’ve listed below sling a prepaid share for the whole season, but a couple are offering flexible pay-as-you-go options where you can choose which weeks you want a share. If you want in, sign up now so you don’t miss out on your fresh sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and kale!

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Cool! A Mobile Greenhouse Is Coming to Fishtown’s Riverwards Produce

Aeroponic chives and Swiss chard grown in the mobile greenhouse | Photos via Instagram

Aeroponic chives and Swiss chard grown in the mobile greenhouse | Photos via Instagram

Living in a city like Philly, touring a greenhouse isn’t a normal weekend activity. But this weekend, Riverwards Produce — the new oh-so-cute (and always well-stocked) garage-turned-produce market in Fishtown — will have a mobile greenhouse on deck. Yes: A mobile greenhouse. Cool, right?

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10 Fall Fruits and Veggies We Can’t Wait to Eat

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The summer season gets a lot of love when it comes to produce. It’s the time of year, of course, when you can get strawberries, tomatoes and corn so sweet and delicious, you can (and probably, do) eat them for dessert. But just because summer is now officially behind us doesn’t mean you have to mourn the end of tasty fruits and veggies. Fall comes with its own haul that’s pretty darn amazing, too.

Don’t believe me? Check out the goodies that’ll be hitting the produce section in the coming weeks and months, and bookmark the following recipes for your fall kitchen adventures. Then say it with me: Adios, summer.

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Wait—You Can Freeze Eggs? (And 19 Other Surprising Things You Can Freeze)

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The freezer can be a scary place—it’s dark and cold, and Lord knows how long stuff has actually been in there. So understandably, many of us stick to keeping our fresh foods in the fridge.

But it turns out, the freezer can be just as great as—and maybe even better than—the fridge when it comes to storing your produce, especially if you’re headed on vacation. Storing stuff in the freezer extends the life of tons of veggies, bread and dairy products, so they’re still fresh when you get home a few weeks, or even months, later.

But despite the freezer’s perks, if you, like me, have no idea how to properly freeze your food, pay attention: Slate has created this super useful video for all of us cursed with freezer fear. The short video is loaded with tricks for freezing everything from eggs to herbs to avocados. Trust me, by the time you’re done watching you’ll be a food-freezing pro. Check out the video below.

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