Just how did all those perfect apples get from the tree to your grocery store? Chances are, a lot of them came from Washington State—where around 65 percent of the country's apples are grown. To see the fall harvest of my fave crunchy fruit first-hand, I recently toured the orchards and packing facility of Rainier Fruit Company, a family-owned operation based in Yakima Valley.
Who says happy hour is only for bars and restaurants? A small gathering at your place with festive drinks and light nibbles is easy to pull together, and you can always let the party go later if everyone’s still having fun. Here are our favorite super-simple make-at-home noshes.