An Afternoon Apple Picking

October 21, 2013

My sisters had off from school on Columbus Day.  We planned to spend the morning and afternoon together.  We ventured down to Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck for their Pumpkin Fest.  We got there early and shopped the store for locally grown fruits and vegetables and, of course, the apple cider donuts.

We didn’t stay long for the Pumpkin Fest.  There were antique tractors on exhibit, an area for pumpkin painting, live music, samples and an apple fritter stand (I forgot to stop for fritters on the way out–so good!).  Before leaving for the apple orchard, we took pictures.  I took photos of my sisters and of the pumpkins on display.

The apple orchard was just down the road.  The sign said apples, peaches and brussel sprouts were available for picking. We didn’t find any peaches, but took home two bags of apples, small little bags of brussel sprouts, some squash that was for sale and cups of apple cider.

The Brussels sprouts took some work to break off the stems, but it was a new experience.  Our apple pickings included some popular varieties like Rome and Granny Smith.  We were introduced to a new apple variety called Arkansas Black. Have you heard of it?  It’s a very hard, dark skinned apple that I find to be a nice balance of tart and sweet.  Apparently they’re good for eating by themselves, baking and making cider.
We ended our day with Chinese food and a couple store stops.  Overall, it was a great day for apple picking and it’s always nice spending time with my little sisters!


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