The farm had three apple varieties ready for harvest - Rome, Fuji, and Winesap. We quickly ruled out Rome apples as they are grown on large trees. We realized that with me wearing Buddy and the toddler wanting to pick her own apples, we should stick to the small trees. Since Fuji apples are readily available at the grocery store, we decided to branch out and try Winesap, an heirloom variety that is good for eating, sauce, and baking.
Kat was slightly frustrated at first as she wasn't strong enough to pick the apples on her own. Fortunately, Aunt K saved the day by teaching us to rotate the apples a few times to loosen them up enough to let Kat pluck the apple off.
Kat was even more excited about apple picking when NerdDad let her pick an apple to eat as we were walking through the orchard. We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed the perfect fall morning. By the time we were leaving the traffic to get in was nightmare; I was so glad that we had gotten there early!
We picked half a bushel of apples (about the size of a standard plastic grocery bag) for $20, so this was a fairly inexpensive outing. My sisters promised to take a few apples home with them, but I still have enough apples to entirely fill my refrigerator's crisper drawer. Fortunately, if stored properly, the apples should last for a couple of months. I'll soon be posting some of the ways that I intend to take advantage of our fall harvest!
However, if you have suggestions beyond the basic apple sauce, pie or crisp, please share!