Yesterday, we took a little trip north to a wonderful organic apple orchard. Blessed by Mother Nature with beautiful sunshine and a warm autumn day we picked apples, we ate apples and we picked more apples. When we were done picking we enjoyed a little picnic by the edge of the woods, and then wondered along the nature trail.
When I tell people we travel 90 minutes to pick apples I often get strange looks, we do after all, have about six local orchards in our area. But, this little gem of an orchard is worth the drive. Organic apple orchards are hard to come by, and for us, worth the time and energy to travel a little bit further to pick.
So, my friend and I packed up her car with food, kids and my knitting, and away we went. She drove, I knit, the kids talked, sang and laughed. Yes, there was a little bickering in the back seat, and more than once the call of "when will we be there", but when the sun is shining on a beautiful autumn day and you are on your way to pick organic apples, not much can get you down.
We had a great time at the orchard, and packed the car up with apples, and cider before heading home. In the days to come apple cake and apple crisp will be baked, applesauce will be put by for the winter, and apple and berry fruit leathers will be dehydrated. I promised Reece and his little friend that we will push a few apples through the juicer today, and you can bet more apples with cinnamon will be roasted around the fire.
It's apple season, friends, and that is a wonderful thing.