Livin’ in an Apple Paradise

How is it already the third week of September?? Time goes by so crazy fast when you’re busy. Today it has been rainy, and sunny, and cold and cloudy. I took the below picture this morning, when the day couldn’t decide whether to be sunny or rainy. IMG_9449

Fruit Available

Apples – our most recent additions to our apple offerings are Rubenstar, Swiss Gourmet, and Jonagold. Swiss Gourmet is a deliciously sweet apple and personally, I think it’s even better than the Honeycrisp apple. Jonagolds are a mix between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, so they have a fantastic sweet-tart flavor. We will still have the Honeycrisp, of course! If you’re curious about the flavor of a certain variety, feel free to ask for a sample at market!IMG_9471

Blueberries – This is our last week for blueberries! Get them while you still can. The blueberry season in Michigan has been usually short this year, due to the weather.

Raspberries – We will still have raspberries for a few more weeks, if it stops raining.

Pears – right now we have Bartlett, the classic pear, and Bosch are coming up!

Plums – we still have a few of the sweet eating plums, but for the most part we have cooking plums. Not sure what to do with cooking plums? Try making a plum dessert with some honey from Ellis!

Preserves – we have lots of different types of fruit preserves. Try a jar and tell us what you think! Our fall special is called F.R.O.G. and the ingredients are figs, raspberries, oranges, and ginger. Try it – you may like it more than you think. We also have black raspberry preserves, peach preserves, cherry raspberry…to name just a few!

Honey – As the autumn passes and the winter chill sets in, we tend to get bad colds and crave a little tea with honey. Pick up some of Ellis’ raw, unpasteurized honey – sure to bring back all the sweet, wild flavor of springtime.

Eggs – We sell Mary’s Farm Fresh eggs at many of our markets, but not all. If you would like a dozen or two of delicious brown eggs to pick up at your market, shoot us an email!

Add it to the Recipe Book

We have apples aplenty and it is autumn, after all, so it seems reasonable to include one of my favorite apple recipes!IMG_9465

Country Apple Dumplings

You will need:

3 large apples, peeled and cored (try to use a slightly tart variety of apple)

2 cans of refrigerated crescent roll dough (it’s much better tasting if you make your own pie dough, but this works when you’re in a pinch!)

1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 can or bottle Mountain Dew


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 by 13 pan. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and place in a dish. Coat lightly with ground cinnamon. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles and roll each apple wedge in crescent dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal the edges and place into your baking pan. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar, simmering until mixture reaches a thick, rich caramel and pulls away from the side of the pot. Pour the caramel mixture over the top of the apple dumplings. Pour the Mountain Dew on top of the dumplings and sauce. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown. The resulting dumplings are soft and gooey and delicious!

Featured Friend

Since school began, I have not had time to do any episodes of Get Your Fresh On. (Life gets a little too full of homework.) So, since we have so many restaurants that deserve a shout-out, I’m adding Featured Friends to my blogposts for the rest of the market season!

perennialThis week’s featured friend is Perennial Virant! They are right across the street from Lincoln Park and Green City Market. They use some of Ellis’ Family Farms fresh fruit in their delicious creations. Their food is amazing, and the atmosphere there is charming and relaxed. Their Facebook page has photos I’m drooling over! Also, their logo and their food is just so beautifully designed.

Find them:

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Locations

Market Tip

Don’t be afraid to ask us to pick out your fruit for you. Trust us, because we’ve been doing this for a while! We love our customers and we want you to enjoy your fruit more than anyone. Along that line, don’t be afraid to ask for samples! Everyone has their own tastes, likes and dislikes and we wouldn’t have it any other way.IMG_9500That’s all for now, folks! See you at market – and bring an umbrella, just in case. Fall weather is so unpredictable!


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