This month is National Field Trip Month. Last week, I talked about benefits of families going on field trips together as well as places families can go for field trips.
This week I want to share with you one of our favorite field trips. Just last Friday, our family went apple picking.
We have not been to an apple orchard for three years, so my three youngest kids don’t even remember going. This year, we went to a new apple orchard only 45 minutes from our house instead of the one that we usually go to that is one hour and 15 minutes away. Both of these apple orchards are wonderful! They are not just places where you pick apples and you’re done. The one we went to had a petting zoo, giant jumping pillow, and many other activities! SO HERE’S THE WARNING: You are in for a picture marathon!
Of course, it also had apple trees that we could pick from. I believe that apples taste the best right after they are picked. Now that could be all in my head, but I’m telling you–don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
This particular apple orchard had a wagon ride we took to get out to the orchard. It would only take about seven minutes to walk there, but why do that when you can ride on the wagon? Leading up to the wagon ride, they had a huge rocking chair and other photo ops, which we took full advantage of.
On the wagon ride, we got a nice lady to take a picture of all of us together!
Once we got to the apple orchard, there were rows of trees that we could pick from. The three varieties that were being picked right then were Liberty, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious. Since the trees are only sprayed once at the beginning of the season, the apples are safe to eat right away. We could eat as many as we wanted, and then we would just throw the cores under the trees. We had to watch that we didn’t step on any bad fruit as honey bees would be getting all the good stuff they could out of those apples. It was not hard to avoid that fruit though.
The four oldest kids dove right in picking and eating the apples. They all took a turn at using the apple picker to get the apples at the top of the trees. Kiley didn’t want to try picking or eating for a while, but she warmed up to the whole process by the end.
We each had a 1/2 peck bag to fill up, which equals 1/8 of a bushel. So between all of us, we got 3/4 of a bushel. I also bought a 1/2 bushel bag of seconds (slightly bruised) Honeycrisp apples from their farm market. That was only $20–so about $1 a pound, which I thought was great. I have since made 8+ quarts of applesauce, 3 pints of apple butter, apple streusel muffins, and apple kuchen. Come back tomorrow for the recipe for apple kuchen! We still have over 20 pounds left!
After we had picked to our hearts content, we took the wagon ride back to all the other activities. To be able to do the “barnyard activities”, there was an extra fee, but it was worth it to us to pay the extra money. Kiley was free as she was under 2, so that helped.
Here are the many activities this apple orchard offered:
Huge tires to climb on
Two corn mazes
A giant jumping pillow
Big tunnel slides
Pumpkins you could buy
Beautiful fall scenery
Wow, it was a lot of fun–and the rain held off until we had done every single thing! We were supposed to go on Thursday, but we switched it to Friday hoping and praying that Friday would be better than Thursday as it was the only day we could go this year. And the Lord blessed us and and allowed us to go. We thanked the Lord with the kids that night in our evening devotions for answering our prayer!
And then for one last funny picture! A reader told me that my kids were always so happy. Well, of course, I normally only take pictures when they are happy, and not when they are crabby or mad–which does happen in this household. So here are a couple of the last pictures I took at the apple orchard:
Kiley was mad about having to get in the van at the end! I guess she had a good time!