One of the things I’ve been wanting to do this fall is pick apples at an apple orchard. We were going to venture to the super popular orchard in our area (still a bit of a drive) but when we woke up and started getting ready on Saturday, I looked at their calendar and realized that the apples we really enjoy aren’t actually in season yet (for picking.) I quickly looked up Grandad’s Apples and saw they had a few varieties we liked – plus several kids activities. And they were closer to our house. The extra 10-20 minutes in toddler time can mean a lot.
So off we went. We visited this orchard two years ago with my family, but we didn’t pick our own apples. The first thing we did upon arriving this weekend was check out the “very, very big pumpkins” and the smaller pumpkins as well. They had a few animals that you could pay to feed, but we just looked from afar. (There was a donkey and a few goats. I don’t know if there were other animals.)
They have a cow train that cost $3 to ride, and this one could fit an adult + child in some of the seats, so we splurged on it. The cow train at our local corn maze can’t accommodate adults, and our son is a little too small to ride off by himself. I was surprised – he really enjoyed riding in the cow train.
When we were done with that activity, we paid for the bags to pick our own apples and we set off to the rows that were marked for picking! We filled our bags halfway, and then filled them with other varieties when we got back to the main barn. It was nice because we got such a variety (and we still got our picking in.)
At the barn, we purchased treats – apple butter, apple cider donuts, apple cider, an apple drink for our son, and apple/caramel cookies.
We were all apple’d out.
We had a blast. We spent roughly 2 hours there and it was an easy drive home. Our son didn’t fall asleep in the car, and managed to take an amazing nap afterwards. I’m so happy that we ended up at Grandad’s Apples!
(For locals – Grandad’s also has a corn maze. We just didn’t do the corn maze this day.)
Have you ever been apple picking? Have you visited an apple orchard or corn maze this year?