Right before I crossed the border from the United States into Canada, I had the honour of spending a few days with my eponymous friend Hannah of Bittersweet Vegan. As many of you would know, Hannah is an extremely talented vegan cookbook author, an extraordinary photographer, and a truly kind soul.
Hannah is also an incredible friend, and I cherish my memories of quiet conversations over coffee, our ability to understand each other almost without speaking, and the lemon pepper biscotti that I simply couldn’t stop eating during my visit.
I also remember fondly our day of apple, pumpkin, and raspberry picking, because I think I squealed more that day than a 25-year-old really should when it comes to produce.
Huge thanks to Hannah’s lovely mother for driving us an hour to and from the only self-pick apple orchard that was open during my visit, and for posing with Hannah in front of the little red house-truck-thingy where we paid for our fruit.
I adore this photo of Hannah.
That is all.
Hannah was on a mission to pick as many Mutsu apples as possible. I happily followed along, having never heard of Mutsus before.
I know now that they are green.
However, my eyes were irresistibly drawn to the apple trees beneath which glowed a veritable carpet of red fruit. For a moment I wondered whether, if I lost my footing even once, I’d be swept away on a river of red apples straight to the castle of a wicked witch.
Perhaps, though, the apple river would not have led to a dastardly poison-loving diva, but instead to an orange brick road made of pumpkin.
I almost bought one of these pumpkins, but then I remembered the existence of overweight luggage fees and sadly moved on.
Wait, not sad at all! For lo, in the distance, we found a bundle of raspberry bushes still jewelled with ripe berries, and I embraced my inner giddy young’un by taking a “one for the basket, four for me, one for the basket, four for me” approach to picking. All the while, of course, doing my best to ignore the glares of the man in the red house-truck-thingy.
It was totally worth it.