While I am someone who hangs on to summer until the last moment (I’m notorious for reminding people that it’s still summer until September 21st!) I also get really excited about the first apple picking of the season. To me it’s a trifecta – spending time outside, enjoying locally grown apples for DAYS and reminiscing about fun apple picking memories of years past. (What’s better than that?!?)
Last weekend, Mackenzie and I set out for her first apple picking adventure with a very special guest, my Uncle Doug – her Gruncle Doug (as in GREAT Uncle), who was visiting us from his home in Uruguay. We chose Blue Jay Orchards (you can read about Charles’ and my fall 2015 visit to Blue Jay Orchards here) since it’s just 12 miles from our home.
I was also in need of a few jars of their delicious jams from their market – I didn’t realize that they’re only open from August through the Christmas holiday, so didn’t stock up on jam last year. Oh how they were missed!
The apple orchard is just a short stroll from the parking lot, which is great for those who aren’t up for a walk. You select which size bag you’d like first and pay for it, then begin picking! We had a lovely time strolling the rows of apple trees and the weather couldn’t have been better. And Uncle Doug’s height certainly came in handy – thanks to his long arms we were able to reach the apples others had left behind.
Our first apple picking of the season was a success – now we just need to decide what to do with our apples!
Last weekend only McIntosh apples were available to pick, but throughout the season their varieties include Red Delicious, Cortland, Gala, Macouns, Jonagold & MORE. (I snapped the photo below two years ago, further into fall.)
Blue Jay Orchards’ “pick your own” is open daily from 9AM to 5PM, but I suggest checking their website before heading out just to double check their hours and find out what they’re currently picking.