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Crisp Air, Crisp Apples, Crisp Cider

Apple season is winding down soon here in Oregon, and everywhere I look, I see windfalls of red, green, and gold fruit.

Neighbors are just giving them away.

Naughty donkeys are sneaking into the orchard to steal as many bites as possible before being caught...

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Who, me?

And, so, like many others, we decided to do some canning. We found out that our local tool rental company rents a cider press by the day. For $25, we got a press with an electric grinder (I think this made the process a lot easier), and a manual press. By the way, if you think a project of pressing apples won't take all day -- a couple of hours, we thought! -- I'm here to say otherwise. I didn't even think we had that many apples... so it's definitely something you should set aside plenty of time for.

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Also plan for lots of stickyness.

We collected all the juice and heated it to a boil, then canned it with a boiling water bath. An internet search will bring up any number of ways to can cider, for the uninitiated (like me, before this long, long, loooooong day of apple cider pressing...)

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We have a number of places listed on Farm Stay U.S. that offer apple cider pressing as an activity to enjoy on their farm, which would also be a great way to get this experience!

Soon enough, the apples will be gone, and we'll be adding some mulling spices (and maybe a little rum?) for a toasty drink around the fireplace with friends. Happy fall!

I admit it... I can be a bit of a daydreamer. I guess, working on a farm, I should call it woolgathering! Helping to run the Farm Stay U.S. website is the perfect sort of job for doing a little in-my-head-dream-vacation planning, with so many beautiful photos of farms, ranches, and vineyards to admire.

Fall FoliageFall is my absolute favorite time of year. The weather is perfect and the colors are glorious.

There is pumpkin-flavored-everything.

Everything!

It's easy to immediately think of New England for fall travel, and who can argue? They have all that amazing autumn foliage for leaf peepers, and something about the region just screams crisp air and ruddy cheeks. It says, bonfires, like at Liberty Hill Farm in Vermont, or an afternoon spent antiquing before spending the night at Cold Moon Farm. Break out the scarves and boots and let me tromp around the barn!

Fall is cranberry harvest time all across the United States. Here in the Pacific region, there are cranberry bogs to be found in the town of Grayland, Washington, which is a little under two hours from The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm in Skamokawa. Imagine a day snapping photos along the Washington coast, and winding down with a 5-course gourmet meal on the farm, cooked for you by the professional chef-owners.

Geronimo Trail Guest RanchHow about a high-desert getaway this time of year? New Mexico, too, has stunning fall foliage and sweeping vistas. I'd choose to enjoy the views from horseback and take a trail ride through a piece of Native American history at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch in Winston.

Alas, I can't spend the entire day with my head in the clouds... just one more peek at our regional guide and I land on the South (East South Central) region, with an eye on Kentucky for some antebellum charm. An afternoon spent harvesting apples at The Farm LLC, followed by some stargazing, brings my daydream to a pleasant close.

Where would your daydreams take you? Leave us a comment!

(Photo Credits: morgueFile, Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch)