Apple Season Celebrations

Celebrating Apple Season

 

Here at Fox Hill B&B, we look forward to apple
season and of course, we end up picking more apples than we could ever eat.   One of the ways we can use apples in the kitchen is by incorporating them in either sweet or savory dishes.  Since we focus on breakfast here, we will be trying out a few new apples recipes.



Apple Cake

One will be Fresh Apple Cake and we are sharing the recipe! The
recipes ingredients include 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 2
eggs, 2.5 cups of flour, and 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, baking
powder, salt and ground cinnamon.  The star of the show – 3
cups of finely chopped apples.  Simply cream butter and sugar
and beat in the eggs.  Add all dry ingredients, beating well
after each addition.  The batter will be thick so stir in
apples with a spoon or spatula.  Press batter into greased
9-by-13-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

HARD CIDER

Some folks prefer a cool glass of apple juice (the hard stuff) over baking!  If that is you, we recommend visiting a Halcyon Days Cider Company for some fine apple sipping.
Halcyon Days Cider Company is a hands-on, family owned and operated small farm and cindery only  twenty-one miles from Fox Hill.  The family has planted more than 50 varieties in their labyrinth, which consists of about 2,000 dwarf apple trees. Through an 11-circuit path, you are able to wind your way through the modern American, heirloom American, classic European, and Central Asian ancestral apple trees to a pavilion with epic 360-degree views of the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges.  The apples are combined in several ways to create sweet and sharp flavors – one of the blends has a taste similar to that of sipping a glass of bourbon.  Others flavors are sweet and easy to drink.


Hot Cider & Cinnamon


Halcyon Hard Cider

Halcyon Days Cider Company

will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through
Monday.  After Labor Day weekend, they will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. https://halcyondayscider.com/

 

Right along Route 11, slightly across from the cidery is another family-run farm – Virginia Gold Orchard!  They are dedicated to growing the very best tasting Asian pears.  Also known as, “Apple Pears”, the Asian pear looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, but the resemblance is only skin-deep.  They harvest up to 16 different varieties of Asian pears, each one ripening at a different time.  Well worth a visit for these juicy delights! From August through October they are open 10 am to 6pm, Wednesday-Sunday.  From November through February, they are open 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday. http://www.virginiagoldorchard.com/

To round out your tasting adventure you can pick up some country-cured ham, Amish jams and pickles, or a hunk of hoop cheese at Layne’s Country Store.  For a nostalgic treat, stop by The Pink Cadillac Diner
and enjoy one of their daily lunch or dinner specials. They also
have an ice cream parlor for a variety of sundaes, floats, malts and
shakes. Did you know that November 9-18, 2018 is Virginia Cider
Week?  Tasting, tours, and festivals await you.  R&R is a
spacious comfortable suite, a delicious made-from scratch breakfast,
and beautiful fall colors await you at Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast.
Plan a stay and enjoy apples, cider, and adventure!


Asian Pears

 

County Fair, fun for Everyone

A County Fair is a time-honored event that celebrates food, competition, animals and skills!

The county fair’s importance dates back to a history when people loved to get together and celebrate. They celebrated successful learning and showed their best harvest and crafts. They taste tested entries to determine the best pie. The county fair was a celebration everyone looked forward to. It is one of the oldest forms of community celebrations.

Who doesn’t enjoy going to a county fair?  There is something for everyone from show barns, exhibit halls, and amusement rides.  Of course, there is always plenty of food to sample.  Are you a usual dinner and movie couple?  Try something different. Visit a county fair.

Our county fair, Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo, will take place on September 6-8, 2018 at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA 24450.

There are plenty of Fair Schedule activities such as:

Coon Hunting Dog Show & Trials           quilt image at the county fair                             coon hunting dog at the County Fair

Farm Girl Competition

American Devon Milking Open Show

Oxen Workshop

Rare Breeds Horse Show

Quilt Show

Local Artists Show

The musical entertainment at the County Fair will include PRIME in concert on the fairway Friday night (Sept 7) and Saturday night (Sept 8) will be Tim Elliott, Carolina’s Male Country Artist of Year!

The Fairway will have fun activities for the whole family including inflatables, mechanical bull, rock wall, obstacle courses, carnival games and various other attractions.

Entry into the fair will be free and there will be no fee to park.

FAIR Hours are:

9/6 – THURSDAY | 4:00PM-10:00PM

9/7 – FRIDAY | 2:00PM-10:00PM

9/8 – SATURDAY | 2:00PM-10:00PM

Baking Competition Recipe

A county fair would not be complete without a baking competition.  Bakers of all ages and types come together to share their baking talents and hopefully win a blue ribbon.

Here is a recipe for Blue Ribbon Jumbo Blueberry Muffins that you can make at home!

You will need – 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, ½-cup oil, 3 cups flour, 1-cup sugar, 5 tsp. baking powder, 1-cup fresh, and washed/drained blueberries.

Follow these steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. With wire whisk, combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry. Stir until combined.
  4. Fold in blueberries
  5. Divide batter evenly into the greased jumbo muffin tin. Finish them off by sprinkling with lots of sugar on top.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

Each county fair has its own unique specialty that sets it apart.

No two county fairs are the same even across county lines.  Come and enjoy the delights of Rockbridge County Fair & Expo!   After all the fun, rest up Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast Suites and share with us your favorite part of the Fair!  In case you are wondering, it is a quick 18-minute car ride from the Virginia Horse Center to us.

For additional information visit the Rockbridge County Fair & Expo

See you at the Fair!

Meet some of our local farmers