Monday, September 23, 2013

The Kids' First Apple Picking Experience!

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It's Apple Week at Anna's school so I thought it was the perfect time to take the family apple picking. The entire week, I hoped the forecast would be wrong about the impending rain, but it ended up raining hard on Saturday, throughout the night. I was worried that the ground would be muddy for our early Sunday outing, but it wasn't at all. On top of that, the weather was perfect - sunny and cool. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day! We went back to the same farm where we strawberry-picked in June and had a great time!

We used a wheelbarrow to wheel the kids to the orchards.... (Thank goodness for it because the orchards were just-a-little-bit-too-far for the kids to walk and it would had been difficult to carry the kids and a barrel of apples.)
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and it wasn't long before we saw TONS of big round apples.

I was happily surprised at how easily accessible the apples were for the kids.  They could just walk up and pick on their own.  No assistance required. It was perfect.
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Anna was in love with picking apples...we had to tell her to stop because, well, they were sold by the pound. In all, we picked $20 worth of apples.
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Will and I shared an apple.  It was super crunchy and sweet.
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Besides the apples, Will really liked paying visits to the chickens, goats, and little piglets.
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It took a lot of convincing, but the kids ended up having a blast jumping on the pile of haystack.  Their first!
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I really like Homestead Farm for apple picking (and strawberry picking too).  There were lots of families and kids running around, but we never felt crowded.  In fact, while we picked the apples, we hardly saw anyone and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  The farm is beautiful on its own and has plenty to see and do.  Overall, it was wonderful to be outdoors and enjoy the crisp fall air!

10 comments:

  1. I think I said before, but I'll say it again. It's not cost effective to pick your own anything around DC. Regardless, as an activity, it's great for the family and I couldn't imagine a better place than Homestead Farm. They make everything so convenient and we'll definitely be heading back. Now if only they hand mango trees...

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    1. I remember apple picking with my parents down in Markham, VA (Exit 18, off of 66....so very far) and the apples were sold by the bag. And each bag was only $7? Much much cheaper. But then the money you saved you spent on gas. Oh, and that one wasn't as kid friendly. We had to use fruit pickers.

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  2. How many apples are 20 pounds of apples?

    :) Did they count the one's you ate while "out there picking"?

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    1. We spent $20 on apples and actually didn't pick all that many! They were expensive apples for sure.

      I only ate 1. So, no. :)

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  3. Looks like a blast! Nothing like eating a fresh apple right off a tree YUM! :) What did you do with all those apples? -Eva

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    1. Nothing yet, although we did pick 4 Granny Smith so maybe we will turn them into apple pie. Other than that, we are just eating them straight. Anna will be taking one to school on Thursday for a school activity.

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  4. Yea what did you do? Apple sauce? Etc. Great fall activity! Glad the place didn't feel crowded. The place we would go to unfortunately is popular and packed!

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    1. Next time try Homestead....it shouldn't be too far for you! But maybe one of these days, we will go to Butler's Orchard.

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  5. Wow, this looks like so much fun! What a gorgeous day, and those apples look scrumptious. There is nothing better than a crisp juicy apple. We bought some organic honeycrisp apples from the grocery store this week and they are SO good!

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  6. Looks like you guys had a great time! We love picking fresh fruit, favorite summer activity! ~Zi

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