Friday, September 16, 2011

It's Apple Pickin' Time!

By Jen from Mess Hall to Bistro and Real Farmwives of America and Friends

With four kids ages 7 to 15, it’s nearly impossible to find something they all enjoy and doesn’t break the bank.

One of our family’s favorite things to do in the fall is head out to the local orchard and go apple picking. It’s one of the times we get to see the rare sighting of a 15 year old smile.

We don’t just limit our apple picking weekends to the six of us; we usually bring along some friends and, of course, grandpa.

The kids (and the big kids!) love riding in the back of his truck through the orchard as we fill bags with different kinds of apples.

 And what’s a trip to the orchard without some apple sampling!

After lots of hard work out in the orchard, we step into the store to check out the other fresh produce and get an apple cider slushie!

After a morning of picking, we head home and can our bounty. The kids love to help me out in the kitchen making apple butter, sauce, pie filling and caramel apple jam! If it was up to the kids, we would pick bushels of apples every weekend; I just wish we had a place to store them all!

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Nathan said...

Amen! It really is the greatest time of the year! And I love the fact that for some odd reason apple picking and Fall actives really bring a family together! Looks like perhaps Anderson Orchard there?! Just where we are headed this Sunday! Im stoked

heartland frugalista said...

You said it! Wonderful activity that doesn't break the bank!