We had our annual trip to the apple orchard this past weekend. I have been picking apples there since I was a little girl, and have always loved it. Now that I have children of my own, I love to incorporate some of the same traditions that I enjoyed.
This year it was quite chilly. It is amazing how different each year can be. Last year it was really warm and sunny, this year, 55 degrees, windy, cloudy. But, the kids had an amazing time, as usual.
I have realized that Jack is the power fruit picker of the bunch of us. He amazed me when we went strawberry picking earlier this year; and then again this past weekend when we picked apples. As long as he can reach the apples, he fills up the bag pretty quickly. He is also very careful to check over each apple to make sure that we don’t get any bad ones thrown in.
We were able to go on a long wagon ride after we were all finished apple picking. Typically the wagon is there to take us out to pick the apples, but either we were early this year or it was late. But, it was nice to ride all around the orchard on the wagon. The kids had an absolute blast!
Next on the agenda, a lot of apple jelly, apple sauce, and apple butter making. I think there will be a fair amount of apple muffins being made as well. It looks like the weeks are going to continue to be pretty cool, so it will be a lot easier to have the stove going all the time. I think I may use my crockpot to make the apple butter though, especially after the craziness of attempting ketchup a few weeks ago!
We ended up picking a bushel of apples, but I don’t know if it will be enough for all of our apple needs, and I can definitely see us trying to get back in the next couple of weeks to pick some more. They are so delicious fresh from the tree!