A Visit to the Orchard

We have a tradition of going to the apple orchard every fall to spend time outside amongst cheerful kids and parents, to pick out a pumpkin or two, and to get our fix of apple baked goods.

Overlooking Pine Tree Lake from the Orchard

Overlooking Pine Tree Lake from the Orchard

 

We are lucky to live in a part of the country where several varieties of apples grow well.  We have our choice of a dozen or so orchards all within an hour’s drive.  Still, we almost always end up at Pine Tree Apple Orchard.  I went on several field trips to this orchard as a child and almost nothing has changed in the past couple of decades.  It brings back warm memories of my childhood and gives me an opportunity to create new memories with my wife and hopefully, someday,  my children.

Pine Tree Apple Orchard is located on the shore of a small lake surrounded by woods.  On sunny days, the suns reflection off the water is almost hypnotic.  We stroll through the orchard and walk through the pumpkin patch before venturing into the barn to pick out our goodies.  You can see what I made with our apples here.

Picking out the perfect pumpkin.

Picking out the perfect pumpkin.

 

Liz walking through the orchard.

Liz walking through the orchard.

They offer hay rides and sometimes we go for the ride.  Mostly, I like watching the joy on the little kids faces.  To me, it’s not Fall until I’ve been to the orchard.

First trip to the Apple Orchard?

First trip to the Apple Orchard?

What traditions do you have to celebrate the change in seasons?

 

 

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  • http://www.thebootstrapcoach.com/ Josh Bulloc

    My wife and I are going to the orchard in the next couple of weeks.  If we are lucky, this weekend.

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    Cool!  Here in Minnesota, we are right in the middle of prime apple season.  I assume you are a bit behind us due to your lower latitude.  Do you find that “apple orchard season” for your area is more toward the end of October or are you right in the thick of it now?  I was surprised to see how “picked over” the pumpkins were this time, although, I don’t really know if we went later this year than we have in the past or not.  Never really paid that much attention.

  • http://www.thebootstrapcoach.com/ Josh Bulloc

    I am not sure when the season is, my wife and I have not gone that often but it seems that it is popular to go there now.

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