Sunday, October 14, 2018

Apple Picking 2018

Big pumpkins.This year we went apple picking to Blue Jay farms, located a bit less than 9 miles from our new house. Twice!!

Papa, mama and Lina.The first time was on September 16th. The whole family, including Danya’s parents and his sister went. I think it was actually the first time for Lina to go apple picking and she said that it was more fun than anticipated.

Main pickers.September 16 was hot and humid, so we only stayed in the orchard for about an hour. There were 4 varieties of apples available for picking, but we only got to two of them, because the other two were at the other end of this huge orchard and as I mentioned we were exhausted from the heat. The varieties that we picked were McIntosh and Cortland. To me they taste very similar, but I think that we mostly picked Cortlands.

Us.To get to the Cortland patch, we got a ride on one of the farm’s little motocars, which were shuttling people around. The driver told us that there are 8 thousand trees in the orchard, some of them 30+ years old.

Getting apples.We also visited a pumpkin patch and the children picked out two pumpkins. They were pretty huge and expensive (I can get the same sized pumpkin in Aldi for about 1/9 of the price). When we got home we put them on both sides of the front entrance of the house.

Arosha unit.We also visited the farm’s store and bought local honey, apple cider, apple cider donuts and some beef jerky. Everything was really delicious.

Pumpkins.By this past Sunday, October 8th, the tasty apples that we picked were almost gone. I won’t claim that I’m the only one who eats them, but I probably eat about 80% of apples in this household. Plus, a few of the people I know were going apple picking this particular weekend, so I figured that we might as well go again.

Us.This time it was just the four of us. The day was hot and humid again, but this being October, it was good 10 degrees colder. There were more varieties of apples available, but my favorite this time was Mutsu apple, which I bought multiple times in Russian grocery stores in the past under its other name Crispin apple. We picked some other apples too, but I’m not sure what they were.

Aroshka.To tell the truth, I can’t find an apple which I don’t like when picked directly from the tree. Some could be a bit too sweet, but even they are simply irresistible. If I had to name my favorite fruit, it will be apple. I perceive it as a bread of the fruit world. It’s common, not exotic, but I can eat it every single day and not get tired of it. And as with bread, there are a bunch of varieties, with Granny Smith being the rye bread and Golden Delicious the challah.

Anna and a huge apple.This time around Danya has decided to get bigger bags for apple picking. I’m all up for more apples, but next time we probably should stick to the medium sized ones. The big ones were insanely heavy to carry around the huge orchard, plus handles on both of them broke.

Kids.We skipped the pumpkins the second time around, but dutifully got beef jerky, cider and donuts. It was a fun experience, and our fridge is full of wonderful, delicious, fresh apples!

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