It is Fall and the leaves are turning and there's a little nip in the air. That means its apple picking season in New York, and I love apples. Picking them yourself is an added bonus and great family time to say the least. They just taste better at home when you know you picked them. That homemade apple sauce tastes a little better, those homemade pies smell better too. Here are a few spots that you can pick at around the area, each one links out to that location's site so you can get all the info you need.

Hicks Orchard

Indian Ladder Farms

Goold Orchards

Not only that but you can do a lot of great baking with your fresh picked apples like make homemade apple crisp with this recipe from Taste of Home Magazine.

The Taste of Home Cooking School is coming October 18, 2012 to Albany, NY at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road. Doors open at 5P and tickets are $12 and you can get them here. The last time we held this event at this location it sold out quick, so don't wait to get your tickets!