October Harvest of the Month! “An Apple A Day…”

It’s fall in Montana folks and that means apples in cider, pie and cobblers galore. There is no shortage of stock either. Lodi, McIntosh, Goodland, Empire and Carroll apples all grow right here in Montana. Apples have been a part of Montana falls’ since the 1870’s when the first orchard popped up in the Bitterroot Valley.

They have potassium to keep those hearts chugging right along, vitamin C to fight off the fall sniffles and fiber to help your tummy get through all that Halloween candy.  

To celebrate local Montana apples, on Thursday, October 22, people across the state will be crunching into a local apple. Join us and the rest of the state for Montana Crunch Time!

Looking for a fun and creative way to incorporate apples this month? Try our tasty applesauce recipe!

Easy Applesauce 



4 medium apples 

1 cup water

1/4 tsp cinnamon 

1/8 tsp nutmeg


  1. Peel and slice apples, removing the core. Leaving the peel on will result in chunkier applesauce and will retain more nutrients and color.
  2. Place in a pot.
  3. Add water, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Bring to a boil and let simmer until
  5. Let children use a masher to mash
    up the apples into a sauce.
  6. Set aside and let cool.
  7. Serve warm or chilled.


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