One of the things that makes the East Coast better than the West Coast is apple orchards. I’m sure there are apple orchards out West. My parents have an apple tree in their backyard that neighbors and passers-by will “steal” from. But going to the orchard to pick apples isn’t a normal family activity where I’m from. When I spent my first fall out here, I went apple picking just because it was such a new experience. Since I needed to make an apple pie for an upcoming review (which will surely be an adventure) I thought I would break the normal Tuesday routine and head out to pick apples! We loaded into the car and headed out to Homestead Farm.
If you haven’t been to a farm in the fall, you should. B-E-A-utiful!
There were three types of apples that were ready for picking: Braeburn, Cameos, and Pink Lady. Each row was labeled at the end, but I lost track of which apples were on which rows. It was doubly hard because some of the rows switched half way, and they were really, really long.
There were a lot of apples already on the ground – I think we were a little late in the season. If the apples weren’t on the ground, they were always hanging far out of reach on the topmost branches.
Fortunately, after much sleuthing, picking through branches, and battling flies and bees, we were able to get a nice collection of apples. Check out our phat loot:
I’m not positive which type of apples these are, but I think they are Pink Ladies. In addition to the rows and rows of apple trees, Homestead Farm also had some furry chickens (also known as Rhode Island Reds) and goats.
We left the orchard with some delicious apples and having had the opportunity to spend a truly wonderful day outside. The weather was perfect (76 degrees with a cool breeze) and the scenery was awesome! It’s a reminder that sometimes we all need to take a few hours to stop and smell the roses, or in the case, pick some apples. Take a moment and go on an adventure – try to do it weekly. Something different, something fun, and something outside.