It's now officially fall, and this past weekend I continued a mid to late September tradition - I drove out to the East Coast's premiere apple destination, Central Pennsylvania.

As much as Lancaster County, PA is home to farms for miles, Adams County, PA boasts rolling hills and sprawling orchards for as far as the eye can see.

A friend of mine from college married into an apple family, and they've been generous enough to set me loose on their orchard every year and let me take as many apples as I can carry back home to the Jersey Shore.

This year, I outdid myself.

Backing up just a step, last year I shared my then-record haul at 155 pounds.

Yes, I left that in the dust this year, as I trucked home what amounted to a full extra passenger in my car with a 175 pound haul of delicious Jonagold apples.

What does 175 pounds of delicious Jonagold apples look like?

It looks like this:

Photo by Justin Louis

This where I need your help to figure out what I should do with all of these apples.

To be fair, I do need to qualify this and let you know that I never intend to hoard apples and keep them all to myself, most of them will be shared with friends and family.

But, don't feel bad for me, I'm keeping plenty for myself.

Jonagold apples, a hybrid of tart Jonathan apples and sweet Golden Delicious apples originally developed by Cornell University (seriously!) , are great for eating just as they are. I also whipped up an outstanding applesauce recipe in the last few years.

From there, though, I'll put it out to you.

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