With autumn arriving full-force this past week, of course it was time to hit the apple orchards and do some picking!
There are a vast number of orchards around our town, some are huge and have literally thousands of visitors each weekend, and others are small and family-run and you can basically have the place to yourself on a cool, October day
When it was all said and done we chose Wheelbarrow Orchards for their selection of apple-types and the cute little food shop right in the premises.
To begin, we entered the shop and purchased a "picking bag." They had 2 sizes available. Buy it (mine cost $18) and fill it with apples. The farmer told me it would likely hold 30 apples. I was sure we could fit in a few more than that!
Out into the orchard we went. We were very thankful that we had worn hats and gloves. It was pretty cold out there in the exposed rural area.
Look how heavily-laden the trees are. Amazing! Nature at its best.
I think it took all of 38 seconds before Camden had bitten into a apple. He chose a crunchy, green Mutsu. With a wiggly front tooth, he found it a bit of a challenge, but by the end of our picking time, he had eaten it to its core!
Afton prefers her apples red and small. Hers was gone in about 15 bites!
The kids wanted to buy our Hallowe'en pumpkins today, but I wasn't quite ready for that. We've still got 3 weeks before that spooky event arrives and I figured we could save a pumpkin-patch outing for another weekend.
After one last walk through the trees, we climbed back into the car for the short ride back to our home. All agreed it had been a pleasant afternoon spent within the orchard. It was cool, but it truly felt like autumn.
And how may apples did we manage to get into that "picking bag?" Way more than 30!! We counted once we returned home and we had 38!!
Kevin and I also grabbed a big bottle of cider. We love it mixed with caramel or maple vodka this time of year. Mmmmm.....is it too early for another one right now??
I hope you and your family are finding a few Fall adventures as yummy as ours.
Have a wonderful week everyone!