Nothing says "autumn" like picking fresh apples from an orchard! Not quite sure what to look for when you get there? Don't worry – just follow these 8 easy tips to make the most of your apple orchard visit:
Don't forget the easy stuff. Remember, even fresh from the trees, apples should be washed before eaten.
Do your homework ahead of time. You can find great apple orchards all over the country. Jump online to find orchards near you, or ask your local chamber of commerce for recommendations.
Call before you go. You might find out your chosen orchard offers fun activities like tours, horseback trail rides, hay rides and corn mazes along with apple desserts, picnic areas and live music. Make a whole day out of your visit!
Pie, oh my! If you're planning to bake a pie with all the delicious apples you've picked, ask the orchard which apples will be best. Then check out these fabulous recipes:
Say "cheese"...we mean, "apple!" Plan ahead and take a family picture for holiday greeting cards! Some tips to make it quick and easy:
- Scope out a picturesque location before everyone arrives.
- A wagon or hay bales make a great photo setting.
- Look for apple-laden trees or colorful fall leaves for a perfect background.
- Take the photo first, before kids tire or folks wander off in different directions.
- Make sure everyone wears some red for great color and a unifying look!
Be picky about picking. Ask orchard employees how to twist an apple off the branch without damaging the tree.
Remember the day with a souvenir. Buy a small ornament, a suncatcher for your kitchen window or an apple cookbook to remember your day. Quick tip: Inscribe the date of your trip with permanent marker.
Learn even more about your favorite fall fruit! Check out everything about apples, A to Z!