The temperatures are falling here in Kentucky. Every time I walk out my front door, I think to myself: “Praise the Lord!”
Fall is my favorite time of year – and after some intense heat, these temperatures are very much welcome in my neck of the woods. I’m ready for chili, mulled cider, cozy cardigans, pumpkins, and gorgeous leaves! Apart from that, I love getting out and exploring during the fall months; it’s the perfect time of year for an adventure with friends + family!
While out and about last month, I stumbled upon a new destination that you must hit up this month! The best part? It’s in Shelby County, one of my favorite destinations in the Commonwealth!
1330 Mulberry Pike
Shelbyville, KY 40065
My favorite part about Mulberry Orchard is that it is a family-owned business – and there’s nothing that I love more than Kentucky agriculture! Amanda and Matt Gajdzik, the owners, are very passionate about the Orchard. Matt is a first-generation farmer and Amanda reigns from a family with multigenerational farming roots. While they started with cattle, they now farm corn, soybeans, burley tobacco, hay, cattle, apple trees, peach trees, and pumpkins.
The Gajdziks planted over 3,000 apple and peach trees in early 2010 with the desire to sell quality, local produce to their surrounding communities. Apples are harvested late June until October (hurry, y’all!) and peaches are available July until August (make plans for next year!).
With over 17 varieties, there is something for all taste preferences. The only downside? All that I tried were delicious, making it hard to choose!
While the orchard and grounds are definitely impressive, that is not all one can experience at Mulberry Orchard. This fall, they have gorgeous pumpkins for you to pick with your family. Additionally, they have a market chock-full of delicious produce, including their homemade, fresh apple cider (so good), jams, jellies, Kentucky-made goods, meats, local honey, and so much more. Needless to say, I didn’t leave empty-handed.
Oh, and did I mention that there’s a restaurant? Mulberry Orchard is truly a one-stop destination! Mulberry Kitchen is definitely worth a visit, though I especially recommend getting the Orchard Pulled Pork Sandwich, Honey and Apple Coleslaw, and a Fried Apple Pie. Oh, and did I mention that they have Apple Cider Doughnuts + Apple Cider Slushies?
After a wonderful afternoon spent at the orchard, I was inspired to take some apples home with me to create a recipe! Thus, I present to you: my Rustic Apple Cookies!
JC's Rustic Apple Cookies
2 medium-sized apples, chopped (mine were from Mulberry Orchard)
1.5 c. all-purpose flour
(Just short of) 1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground clove
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Grease a baking sheet with butter.
- Combine brown sugar, butter, and egg with a mixer.
- Slowly add flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground clove, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients.
- Fold apples into the dough.
- Measure out the cookies according to your size preference, flattening them out for baking purposes.
- Bake for roughly 9-10 minutes, until the cookie is lightly brown.
Your family and friends will love this recipe – and I know that y’all would also love a visit to Mulberry Orchard this season!
Get on down to Shelby County, as they have adventure, great food, shops, and gorgeous farms waiting for you to explore!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This post was generously sponsored by ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and Visitors Bureau; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.