One of our favourite autumn activities is apple picking at the orchard.
Going apple picking is something we all look forward to as soon as the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to turn. It's another one of those annual traditions we started when the boys were babies and it's an important part of how our family celebrates this season - an afternoon of outdoor fun, a weekend of baking, and another opportunity to make memories together.
There's something so wholesome about an afternoon spent outdoors at a farm. There's something so warm and wonderful about how much fun we can all have on such a simple family field trip. Wagon rides and playing in the hay and pretending to get lost in the corn maze. Playing in the pumpkin patch and running through the fields and collecting the red and gold leaves on the ground to turn into fall crafts and decorations at home. Exploring the rows and rows of gnarled, twisted trees; climbing to the tops of the very tallest branches and filling our bags to overflowing; eating crisp, sweet apples plucked right off the branches, polished on a sleeve and bit into right there in the afternoon sun while the juices dribble down our chins.
And no matter how many bags we buy the apples never last long enough. As soon as we get home from the farm we pull out the mixing bowls and measuring cups and baking supplies and get to work. All three boys love to help me in the kitchen and we usually spend the whole weekend baking up a storm - apple pie, apple crisp, apple crumble, apple upside-down cake, homemade applesauce and apple butter. The apples in the kids' school lunches get eaten every day instead of coming home bruised and squashed at the bottom of their backpacks.
But for me the most important part is the memories made - the afternoon of good old-fashioned family fun at the farm and the cozy hours afterward of baking with my boys.
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