A couple weekends ago, when the weather was starting to show signs of changing to beautiful fall weather, we decided it was time to go and pick apples. We do this every year. We feel the weather start to cool down and we think about apple picking, but in reality we have found that apple picking starts before the cool weather. I don't know why we associate cool weather with apple picking but after going sort of "late in the season" two years in a row, I'm hopeful that next weekend we'll have it together to go on time. Plus, we love the honey crisp apples and those are only early on in the season.
So we went. It turned out to be warmer than a fall day and it was just beautiful. We walked the orchard and picked Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious, McIntosh, Gala and Jonafree apples. Some of those options wouldn't be something that we would normally buy in the store, but when you're walking down the aisles and trying them, they all see so good that we end up with a mixture of each flavor.
On the day that we went, it was quiet busy. Last year, when we went it was only us and one other family. This year, there were a few families there when we arrived and as we went to pick, about 5 other families arrived and were picking.
My most favorite part (this year) was (not only) taking Coen and watching him look around. At one point my brother wanted to wear him in the bjorn so that was fun to see him from a different angle. But the other part was that they were making homemade cider right in front of our very eyes. It was great. The process took a little longer because it was a little more of a manual process. It was fun to watch him because he had a great set up and it was comfortable. I think that they weren't really prepared for the crowd, but it was nice to see them busy. I know they probably enjoyed it!
(Side Note: I wore the bjorn because I didn't want to get my Moby dirty while trying to put it on at the apple farm. The bjorn is quick but not ideal. After wearing it for a while it starts to dig into my shoulders and that's not comfortable. I find myself using it (bjorn) more because it's fast. I need to get better at putting the Moby on quickly.
It's fun to experience these "firsts" with my family and watch Coen enjoy every minute. We've been really good about just having him in-tow with everything that we do. Mainly because he's a really good baby and I don't like to give him a bottle unless he's at the sitter's house.... He's so observant and smiley right now that it makes it extra fun to watch him experience these things.
I think we're going to try and go again later in the season, because there are still varieties to be picked. It's was really fun and we're still working on the 1/2 bushel that we bought when we were there.