This post by Jennifer Flaten
Since the end of August, I’ve patiently awaited apple-picking season. I love fresh from the orchard apples, there is just nothing like them. Plus, picking a bushel or two with the kids is always an adventure.
Just like strawberry picking, the kids add an element of surprise to our trip to the orchard. Some one might get lost in the orchard, stung by a bee or pick about 5lbs of too green apples, you just never know.
I bet you think it takes awhile to pick 40lbs of apples, not really. It takes the kids about 15 minutes, so much for a fun all day adventure. I spend most of my time fielding “is this one ripe?” questions. I never even pick an apple.
This year the girls decided to work as a team. My oldest daughter hoisted her sister on her shoulders and they were apple-picking machines, getting the best apples from up high. While, my son and I had to content ourselves with the apples on the lower branches. Everything went great until the apple picker dropped an apple on her sisters head.
While I look forward to apple pie, applesauce, baked apples and apple butter (hey, it’s 40lbs!) The best part is that first apple that you eat on the drive home.
Each year yields a new story. One year it was super cold and we wore mittens, one year it was so hot we were wearing shorts. This year it was mosquitoes, the orchard teemed with mosquitoes. We actually picked less than previous years because even with bug spray the mosquitoes were unbearable.
Still, totally worth it. In fact, I’m thinking of making another trip out to the orchard for another bushel of apples (we eat many apples) and some cider.
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