I almost skipped the annual Apple Squeeze in Lenox this year, as we were planning to be out of town for the day, but a headache kept those plans at bay, and we decided to stay local. This gave us the opportunity to stop by the Apple Squeeze, which always turns out to be a fun time for all.
It was a picture perfect autumn day, and as we walked towards the event I noticed several people snapping pictures on their cameras and phones. The leaves were so colorful in the sunshine, and there were plenty of great picture opportunities. There was a good sized crowd of people milling about as we headed up Main Street. Between the brilliant foliage that was beginning to display itself and the historic buildings serving as a backdrop for this community gathering, I felt as though we were walking through one of Norman Rockwell’s paintings.
The smells of different food vendors greeted us as we made our way up the sidewalk….Naji’s ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Najis-Mediterranean-Cuisine/237073257877) was the first booth that we encountered and they were serving up their typical tasty Mediterranean fare. Loeb’s Foodtown ( http://www.loebsfoodtown.com/) were making their famous burgers for the crowds and Catherine’s Chocolates (http://catherineschocolates.net/) had fudge and their decadent caramel apples to entice the festival goers.
There were plenty of vendors displaying their artwork and handmade crafts. I spotted some wonderful (lithograph?) prints based on the Berkshires, and was very impressed with artist, J.D. Logan’s( http://www.jdlogan.com/www.jdlogan.com/Home.html) colorful autumnal works.
Chocolate Springs( http://www.chocolatesprings.com/) had great displays and even had their chocolate truck parked nearby to let visitors know where they were. Chocolatier, Joshua Needleman, was on hand to greet customers as well. Though, truthfully, I need no extra enticing when it comes to their chocolate creations.
The local animal shelter, Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S( http://www.berkshireanimaldreams.org/) was there with a booth, easily drawing attention from the crowds with several kittens and cats waiting to be adopted. It wasn’t easy to drag my daughter away from them, but with a bribe of a snowcone awaiting her further up the street, I was able to get her moving again.
On Church St., I saw some really unique vendors, including a mobile brick oven pizza business and a booth called ‘The Wild Rover’, featuring foods that will be carried on a new food truck coming soon to our area. They were serving up Bangers and mash on this day, with an apple onion gravy, and it smelled delicious. I look forward to seeing ‘The Wild Rover’ on our roads very soon!
Though most of the booths were set up on Main St., the event also wrapped around Housatonic St., and onto Church Street. With the main road so crowded and the other streets a bit spotty with both vendors and people, I think it would work better for everyone if they spaced the booths more evenly throughout the streets, so Main St. wouldn’t be so jammed and the vendors on the other streets would get their fair share of event goers. But, other than that, I would say that this is one fantastic annual event, and I am sure it is one that will continue for many years to come. So, if you missed out on it this year, do yourself a favor and make plans to attend next year. Going to the Apple Squeeze has always been a tradition in our house, and this year was definitely one of the best… I suppose headaches can be a blessing in disguise!
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