I’m happy to report that my Falltastic Fun List has officially had the very first item checked off. This Sunday, my husband and I went to an apple orchard and enjoyed an afternoon filled with autumn festivities.
We started off by taking in the scenery. It was a bit warmer this past weekend, so that was about the only non-Fall feel about the afternoon. The orchard is a bonefide family fun zone, with a petting zoo, pony rides, mini-golf and inflatables galore. While there were plenty of kids, since it’s still September, it wasn’t as packed as a normal weekend which was nice.
After petting some adorable goats, we headed to the little café on the premises and had lunch. It was really enjoyable to spend that time one-on-one with my husband after so many weeks of not feeling well during the summer months. Just being able to get out of the house and not want to come back home right away feels like such a win.
After lunch, we decided to head to the orchard itself and start picking apples. This is definitely an activity that is better done when it’s cooler, as I was feeling the heat walking up and down the rows of apple trees. We picked three different varieties of apples: Empire, Golden Delicious and Ozark Gold. We filled two bags, and brought home at least 15 apples so I could get to baking.
There were also a fair number of people with little wagons picking pumpkins. I especially love the oddly shaped gourds. One of the gourds looked like a bunch of little peas had been glued to it. I’m looking forward to getting some in the next few weeks and using them to decorate around my house.
After getting our share of apples, we finally hit the country store on the premises to get any last minute apple/fall themed goodies we wanted to bring home with us. They have killer apple donuts that my husband loves so we picked those up as well as apple butter, apple cider, raspberry jelly, and chocolate and mint specialty tea. It’s been a few days and we still don’t have our apple fill.
Can’t wait for the rest of the fall season.