Hey friends!! It is officially October and time to start all the fun fall family traditions. This year we chose to kick things off with apple picking. Apples are such a wonderful fall food and we all can agree that there is nothing better then some warm apple cider on a cold night or some delicious apple pie with ice cream for dessert. So in today’s blog I am going to tell you all about the wonderful time we had this past weekend.
When trying to find an apple orchard to visit, I wasn’t having much luck in the area where we live. I finally found a place about an hour north of us in Bowling Green, Ky. It is called Jackson’s Orchard. It was such a beautiful ride up there. Once you turn onto the road that leads you up to the orchard you are surrounded by greenery and woods on both sides.
We of course first had to pick up some apple cider to sip on. Unfortunately it was super hot this day with temperatures about fifteen degrees above normal. So we chose cold cider instead of hot. We let Penelope try a drop or two but she didn’t seem to like it, I think because it was a bit too sour-tasting for her.
Next it was time to head to the area where the apple picking took place. To get to the orchard you had to travel by hayride. This was Penelope’s first experience with hay. We sat her on the hay when we first got on and she seemed to be a bit weirded out by it touching her. So then we took turns having her sit in our laps and she seemed to enjoy that more and would actually touch the hay as long as she stayed in our laps. On the ride over she wasn’t super excited or upset, but instead seemed to be just taking it in. She looked around everywhere and watched as we drove into the orchard.
Once we got there they had a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and of course the apple orchard. We decided that first we would do the corn maze. Penelope loved the corn maze and the scarecrows they had. Daddy (Phillip) taught her all about corn and let her touch and experience raw corn on the cob and the individual kernels of corn. She also got to ride on mom’s shoulders and she thought it was so much fun to be able to see everything.
After that it was time for apple picking. They had three different types of apple trees to choose from: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Galas. We made sure to find an apple that was Penelope-sized and we let her play in the grass with it and nibble on it while Phillip picked a ton of apples for us. Penelope even got to try and pick some, but mainly just wanted us to hold her and let her watch as we picked them. Once we had filled our bag up it was time to go.
Lastly while waiting for the hayride to return to take us back to the orchard store we checked out their pumpkin patch and got a cute photo of the three of us putting our faces through the holes of a photo-op board with three pumpkins.
Once we arrived back at the store we checked out what they had and grabbed a gallon of homemade apple cider to bring home with us. Then we let Penelope check out the pumpkins one more time before heading back to the car.
When we got back home for the night I made some delicious Cinnamon Baked Apples with a recipe from Minimalist Baker and topped with some vegan vanilla ice cream.
This day was such a great start to our fall activities and we are so excited for what’s to come next. Some things that are sure to make the blog in the next several months include our trip to the pumpkin patch, our trip to watch Bama play Tennessee, and one all about my vegan thanksgiving.
What are some of your favorite fall activities?
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