Need proof? New York growers have produced a reported 31 million 42-pound cartons of the fruit so far, and more than 10 million apple trees grown on 55,000 acres by more than 600 growers.
But, those are numbers, and here we're speaking of food. The NYAA is encouraging New Yorkers to enter a homemade recipe for a chance to win a three-day autumn excursion to the Hudson Valley. The only rule is that the recipe must feature New York-grown apples, either purchased from a local grower or hand-picked at a neighborhood orchard.
"This season, we're experiencing an abundant apple harvest," NYAA President Cynthia Haskins said. "New Yorkers love knowing the best apples are grown right here in our own backyard, so we're excited to host this competition among fellow apple lovers to find some of the best homemade recipes. We want to see all things apples, from pies and breads to soups and quiches to applesauce and apple-inspired entrées. If your recipe is made from our state's homegrown apples, we hope that you'll share it."
Contestants are asked to upload a photo and a brief description of their recipe by midnight Thursday, October 25. In addition to the one grand-prize winner, four runners-up will be selected to win an apple gift box. The five selected will be required to share the details of their recipes, including ingredients and directions, with the NYAA.
The NYAA recently changed its logo to "Apples from New York," and updated the website URL to reflect the new brand slogan: www.applesfromny.com.
The NYAA is a nonprofit agricultural trade association based in Fishers, Ontario County. It represents the state's commercial apple growers, and supports profitable growing and marketing of New York apples through increasing demand for apples and apple products, representing the industry at state and federal levels, and serving as the primary information source on New York apple-related matters.