According to my grandma most everyone used to have an apple tree or two in their backyard. While I know this was a gross overestimate it does seem like more households had an edible tree in their yard just a generation or two ago.
Apples are one of the most popular backyard edible trees around. In additional to bearing a delicious edible fruit in the fall, Apple trees have a beautiful bloom in the spring which means your neighbors will think it is just another flowering ornamental! With so many varieties you should be able to find an apple tree that will thrive and fruit in nearly anywhere in the United States. Apples can be eaten fresh, made into juice, hard cider, apple sauce, or even apple cider vinegar. By picking a few apple trees that bear fruit at different times you can be picking fresh apples from late summer well into the fall.
Big box stores aren't my favorite source of fruit trees but nearly all of them sell apple trees each spring. I even saw a few apple trees in the garden section of my local home improvement store last week. Plant an apple tree or two this fall and you will be picking fresh apples in no time!