Last year, when Simon was only four months old, Jeramy and I took him apple picking at Ricker Hill Orchards. We chose that place because they have pick-your-own organic apples. I try to buy organic, especially for “the dirty dozen” when I can, but having a baby strapped to my body made me want to go to a place that offered it even more. We enjoyed the experience so much we vowed to make it an annual family tradition. I have been looking forward to our return ever since.
They are a wonderful orchard, on top of a hill with the most breathtaking autumn views you could hope for. You can also pick-your-own pumpkins there, get a tractor ride, go to a petting zoo, eat amazing fresh doughnuts, and more.
Despite having to wait until into October this year, the weather was phenomenal. Nice and warm, with a brilliant sun and a heavenly breeze. We went right before sunset so there were not a lot of people.
Simon spent most of the time up on his Daddy’s shoulders, helping to reach the high up-apples. He smiled big each time he dropped another one into the sack. He did not like the branches and leaves to tickle his face though.
Then we made our way back down the hill to the store where they sell gifts, produce, toys, and freshly made baked goods and cider. Last year we bought a “modest” six doughnuts, and realized we would need more the next time. This year we got a dozen (four of each flavor: apple, chocolate, and pumpkin) and still wished we would have brought home more. Perhaps there could never be enough?
I also need to gush for a second about the apples. I mean, apples are pretty much always yummy, but nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to the taste of organic, local, peak of season apples picked right off the tree. So juicy and full of flavor!
Another autumn family tradition scratched off our list. Another wonderful (and delicious!) day.
Our treasures are now soaking in my sink, filling it with their lovely red and green. Now to dig out some of my favorite apple recipes. Have any to share?