Southern Ontario – Fun Fall Family Adventuring:
It seems that Fall has arrived once again in my hometown of Southern Ontario. Although Fall weather can be unpredictable, there are certain perks to this time of year including corn mazes, pumpkin patches and the most gorgeous foliage I’ve ever seen. Although I’ve often wanted to go Apple Picking I’ve never had the chance or made it much of a priority in previous years. With a quick stop over in town recently, I vowed I would get out and fully embrace this budget, backyard adventure.
Where To Go? When To Go?
If you find yourself in Southern Ontario there are many orchards to choose from and you can pick the one closest to you. Not in Ontario? My second favorite choice would be British Columbia. But fear not…any province or state you can find apple trees, there will be apple picking! Picking season runs from September through October. Each week different apple types are available with some overlap. I simply cannot get enough of Honeycrisp, Gala, MacIntosh and Silken apples which are all available locally. We can definitely dub this as a budget activity as there was no orchard entrance fee and my total spend was $15 for two bags full of apples.
Rain Or Shine
I will say one thing…make sure you are prepared for the elements! I recommend having a pair of rubber boots, and an umbrella or raincoat all ready to go. I was definitely unprepared as I neglected to look at the weather forecast before planning my visit. Ooops. Since time was short on my layover trip, I really only had two options: go in the rain or not go at all this year. You know me, of course I opted to go! A little rain never hurt anybody. It was raining prior to our arrival, and it only cleared up for about an hour of our visit before it proceeded to downpour until we left. We opted to look on the bright side rather than remembering the miserable weather – look how gorgeous these apples look with their little beads of water.
The More The Merrier
Apple Picking is a pretty low-key backyard adventure. Walking around and picking apples can be relaxing, and it’s definitely not an adrenaline-rush type of activity. What will make it much more entertaining is bringing some family and friends along on the outing. I brought my Mom, Sister and Niece along for some company. My Mom and Sister were great to keep the conversation going as we picked away. I definitely think watching my Niece run around laughing through the orchard was the best part of the day.
So What Do I Do With All The Apples?
Well we have a couple solutions for the surplus of apples you might find yourself having after a successful apple picking outing. Probably the easiest way would be to eat them straight up. That’s how Chris does it, but that’s pretty boring and predictable. We opted for baking a couple pies instead! Some apples are better for baking, but we didn’t pay much attention to that and used both Honeycrisp and Gala apples mixed together. A couple apple pies might be too much work for one person to do on a lazy Sunday, but we had four people taking turns putting the pies together. Here is our masterpiece:
Mmmmmm Mmmmmm delicious. The pies both turned out perfect. We snapped a quick shot of the finished treats before they were devoured.
Have I convinced you to go apple picking yet? If not this year – be sure to put it on your bucket list!
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