In late September, my son went on his first field trip of the year. He’s in first grade, and I had never been able to go on one of his field trips (aside from a trip to the corn maze we did five years ago when I wasn’t working. He was in daycare, and I helped organize that short walk up to the maze.) Anyway….the first grade made the trip to SkyTop Orchard in Henderson County, NC. While we’ve been apple picking over the years, we haven’t visited Sky Top.
When I arrived, I found my son’s class in a play area. I loved that they had this mostly fenced in area because I don’t think I could have kept up with him very well otherwise. The entire first grade was there – plus another school (at least one, there may have been two schools.) It was pretty wild.
The kids sat through a session with someone who taught them more about apples and bees, and then we all took a tractor ride down to where we would pick apples.
There were SO many yellow jackets! Kids in my son’s class kept getting stung and I have no idea how we managed to get out of there without a sting or two (or five.) Once we finished picking our bags of apples, it was lunch time, followed by playtime and then a visit to the apples!
The kids spent about 4 hours at Sky Top. You could easily fill your day with a visit there. I’m glad that we went, since we always stick to our tried and true orchard, Grandad’s Apples. (We’ve been to Grandad’s three times this fall.)
My family went through more than a bushel of apples in September. If you have an orchard in your area, I highly recommend visiting it in the fall to stock up! The prices are so reasonable, and it’s a lot of fun for the whole family.