Monday, October 11, 2010

Apple Picking

Last week we went over to Elijay to pick some apples. This was a family first, and while we'll do it again next year, we'll do some things a little differently. There are lots of orchards in Elijay, and they were getting ready for their big Apple Festival last weekend. A lot of the trees and varieties had been picked bare, so we did the best we could. We chose to pick two 10 pound bags, but next year we will pick one 5 pound bag, and we'll buy a bushel already picked.

I didn't get very many pictures of the inside of the store, but they had a lot of neat things. There were of course apples to buy, but they also had other produce. Okra, every kind of squash you can think of, beans, potatoes and onions. We brought home okra and fried it that night. Yum!

They also had honeys, jellies, jams, and baked goods. Apple cider, dried apples, and other yummy fall treats too!

Here we are on our way out to the orchard.

There were a few the boys could reach, but not many. We'll go in September next year, if we can remember it.
It was really bright that morning, so the mountains didn't show up well in the pictures, but they were beautiful. This shot doesn't do justice to the beauty and number of the trees they had.

As always, Mr. Smiley was very happy to be included and to sit in his stroller and eat his cheerios.
We took a picnic lunch and then got a treat of fresh, apple cider donuts at the store for dessert! Yummy!

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