October 6, 2007
This weekend we went apple picking on the Île d'Orléans, a 20 minute drive from Québec city. The Île d'Orléans is a quaint, still largely agricultural island and the historic center of French cultural identity in North America, since one of the first French colonies in Canada was settled there back in the 16th century. It's a year-round destination, but autumn intensifies its charm with the magnificent foliage colors and the apple season. Apple picking is so much fun: while you're driving on the Chemin Royal you see a lot of farms offering autocueillette which means they give you a bucket and you just enter and pick apples directly from trees. Each tree had a colored ribbon so you can identify what cultivar you're picking: McIntosh, Cortland, Spartan and Yum were the ones we chose. We got so many apples that I can tell I'll be posting some apple-based recipes for a while!