Thursday, October 17, 2013

Apples & Autumn Rituals


In my first year of law school, my property professor held a review session on a reading day, and she brought us snacks as a peace offering for that extra morning of class. That was the first time I had Gravenstein apple juice from Berkeley Bowl. Since then, I’ve made a special trip over to the East Bay each year to pick up a gallon or two of autumn-in-a-jug.

Pumpkins seem to be the internet darling when it comes to autumn treats, but my favorite has always been apples. Every November that I can remember, my dad drove to Payson, Utah to buy an entire trailer-full of apples to take back to Idaho. That drive home – with hundreds of apples in tow – is a cherished family ritual, a ceremony of fall. It signals the transition from the harvest of summer’s bounty to the preparations for winter’s holiday season.

I think that’s why I make the effort to get to Berkeley Bowl every year: it is a way for me to continue the tradition even though I am away from my family. This year, we shared our Gravenstein apple juice over a weekend dinner with friends, and we made caramel cider syrup for our Sunday brunch. Today, I drink it in the perfect stillness of a golden October morning, and reflect on autumns past.

britt

p.s. blah blah, I’m always so serious now. Whatever. Go to Berkeley Bowl - it is food paradise. And buy this juice. Tell me all about it.

10 comments:

  1. You should come up here sometime. I work on Gravenstein HWY, totally surrounded by apple orchards. ;)

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    1. omg. As if we need another reason to come see you guys. Every time we talk about my family, Chris is like, "We should go see Jake and Melissa again..."

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  2. You just inspired me to grab another glass of the Gravenstein apple juice currently sitting my fridge. It was made just a few miles down the road in Sebastopol, where Jake works. Yum.

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  3. caramel cider cyrup?? that sounds amazing.

    and i may just have to make the long trek (4 miles!) to berkeley bowl for some of that apple juice.

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    1. Adeline - it was so good. The flavor was super concentrated. I'm pretty sure if I had boiled it 20 minutes more it would have turned into actual caramel.

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  4. It is tasty juice. Thanks for introducing me.

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  5. What's worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm?
    Chris will do the math on the answer...a 1/2 a worm

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    1. thanks Dad... I usually let Chris do all the heavy lifting when it comes to fractions

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