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Last weekend was the Bayfield Apple Festival.  Many people go to view the fall colors with the apple festival the final destination.  If you couldn't make the trip this year, the Duluth Lion's Club has you covered.  Crisp, cool, Cortland apples.  Good for baking, eating, sharing and benefiting the community!  It's the 19th Annual Duluth Lions Club Apple Harvest Sale and you're missing out if you don't order NOW!

I use to be a Duluth Lions Club member and I know how hard they work throughout the year to raise money that benefits many in our community.  They support so many, people with diabetes, sight and hearing needs and the youth of our community.  "We Serve"  is the motto of the club. They are one of over 46,000 clubs in 206 countries throughout the world, which I know is true because I saw the Lion's Club sign when I was in Jamaica!

This is a win/win for all when you purchase a bushel or a peck of fresh Bayfield Cortland Apples during the next few days with the 19th Annual Duluth Lions Club Apple Harvest Sale.

First let's break down the difference between a bushel and a peck because that always confused me.  A peck is the smaller of the two and you'll receive about 10lbs of delicious apples for $12 per peck.  The bushel is a great way to go if you want to share with friends or family, that's approximately 40 lbs and the cost is $45 per bushel.  This is the same prices as last year, finally a food product that hasn't gone up in price!

You can purchase your apples from any Duluth Lions Club member or Tom at 218.728.4565.  Apple tickets are also available at the downtown location of DTCU, 11 West 2nd Street, Duluth.  This year they ordered additional apples so you can also purchase them right off the truck one of the two designated pickup days.  I wouldn't wait too long though, they'll go fast!

Apple pick up is at the First United Methodist Church, known as the Copper Top Church at 230 E Skyline Pkwy on either  Tuesday, October 18 from 5-7p or Wednesday, October 19, noon to 7p.  You can also use these locations to drop off your gently used blankets, hats, jackets, etc for the Union Gospel Mission when you pick up your apples.

Need inspiration?  Here's a unique recipe from Taste of Home for an Apple Crisp Pizza.

Taste of Home
Taste of Home











What You Need:

  •  Pastry for a single-crust pie
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medium baking apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping or caramel apple dip
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Make It:

Roll your pastry to fit a 12-in. pizza pan and fold under or flute the edges. Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl and toss your apples in it. Arrange the apples in a single layer in a circular pattern to completely cover pastry. Combine the first five topping ingredients and sprinkle over your arranged apples. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle with yummy caramel topping or dip. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Remember, all proceeds are returned to the community to benefit local service projects!  And if you make apple pie, I'd love if you shared a piece :)

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