Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Apple Picking

Monday was a nice Autumn day so we finally were able to go apple picking.  Neither of the kids has been apple picking in at least 2 years so it was a pretty new experience for both of them.   

It was a school holiday for a lot of people and the orchard was pretty busy.  It's a big place (and a lot of people were there for pumpkins not apples) so it wasn't overly crowded except standing on line for the hay ride and to pay as we were leaving.

We started off with a hay ride to the orchard.   Evidently neither of them remembered last years ride to the pumpkin patch so they were very excited.

When we reached the back of the orchard, the kids were a little discouraged since the first trees we came to were earlier ripening varieties and the trees were almost bare.  What was left was over-ripe and rotting on the branches.  But, before too long we found some perfect apples.  We ended up getting Fuji's, Golden Delicious and possibly a few other varieties.   I had brought small gift bags for each of the kids to collect their apples in.  Once full we would empty those bags into larger grocery bags that I carried.  This gave me the opportunity to check over the apples they picked to make sure they weren't bruised or damaged and the kids had the opportunity to carry their own picks (at least for a little while).  The trees had many low hanging branches so it was easy for them to pick the apples themselves.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with 10 pounds of apples. :-)

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  1. If you have too many to eat, you could use a few to make some cute apple prints. My dd really liked that activity.

    I found your blog at Homeschool Creations.

  2. You've probably eaten them all but here is an easy recipe for Chunky Crockpot Applesauce! About 3 lbs of peeled, diced apples with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of honey or sugar and some cinnamon (1-2 teaspoons). Cook on high for a couple hours -- eat warm!

    I love how you gave the kids small bags to carry their own and then transfered to yours -- great idea! And great pictures!