Today being the First Day of July and all, it's hard to think of anything but Summer, and we are thinking & eating our way thru' countless boxes of strawberries, blackberries, gooseberries, & raspberries, rest assured! With this in mind, I couldn't help but be entranced the other day at the beauty of these apples in an orchard on Sauvie Island. In the Autumn there will be Sir Isaac's Folly, our rendition of apple chutney, as well as 21st Century Mincemeat - named because there is no actual 'meat' in this mix. Today we revel in all manner of berry gloriousness, then swoon over the stone fruits, yet the apples will be here before we know it. If you have a mind to go on a picnic (and who wouldn't?!), I heartily endorse the Howell House grounds on Sauvie Island. Huge white house built in 1850's - first one to actually use plaster! The house had fallen into disrepair in the 1960's & was fully restored. Alas, due to lack of funds, no one is allowed into the home now, tho' the grounds & orchard are lovely. The orchard is filled with heirloom varieties of apples, pears, & plums. Worth a trip. Pack a picnic basket with Pink Slip Jam chutney, some cheese, & baguette, some wine (if you're adventurous), and go!