For readers in the Upstate, fall usually means inexpensive apples – and possibly some frugal family fun on an apple-picking outing!
MacAbee's Fruit Stand next to the Dish Barn (where I-25 merges onto I-26 near Flat Rock) sells "seconds" for $4.00 per half-bushel bag. Assuming 20 pounds per half-bushel, that's $0.20 per pound. Or you can buy most varieties of apples for an average of $12 per bushel, i.e. $0.30 per pound. Either way, you're getting a much better deal than you would at a grocery store.
We recently picked up a bushel of apples. We've been enjoying them fresh! And I'm planning to make up (and freeze) a big batch of applesauce, among other things.
Stay tuned for my modification of a favorite family recipe we call Apple Slices.