Apple Picking and Pumpkin Harvesting

13 Oct

I have never been apple picking, like real apple picking… I have picked a few off of my parent’s little tree but never in acres upon acres of trees and apples everywhere the eye can see!  I have been wanting to go for ever and today we finally made it happen. It also turned out to be the most beautiful fall day which made the whole thing perfect! We decided to go to Bellewood Acres. They are not a certified organic farm but use organic practices and are major supporters of the YES on I-522 so we felt super good about supporting their farm. They not only have 25,000 apple trees with 15 varieties to choose from but they also had a small pumpkin patch, apple crate train, corn fields, a distillery and a huge bistro and farm store where they sell ciders, pies etc. We made sure to bring home some honey crisp apple cider and could not pass up the delicious apple cider mini donuts they were cooking up outside!

We started our visit by posing at all of the photo spots, of course! Be prepared for this post being a mega photo dump.

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Then we ate our donuts and boarded the apple train.

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We were dropped off in the orchard and started our apple picking in the Honey Crisp rows because they are without a doubt my favorite apple ever! We also filled up another sack full of Jonagolds.

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Linden had so much fun picking the apples and putting them into the sacks. He also really enjoyed chucking the apples as far as he could toss them, much to my chagrin!

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After picking our apples, we went to harvest our little pumpkins. Linden loves pumpkins so much he kept giving them hugs and kisses hahah

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We made it home with two bags of apples, totaling 23 lbs 3oz! We prepaid for a 10 lb bag of both the Honey Crisps and Jonagolds but since you just fill up the bag yourself we came away with a few extra pounds!! After averaging out the cost we paid with how many apples we ended up with it came out to about $1.25 per pound! I plan on making a big batch of applesauce this week with the Jonagolds and just keeping the Honey Crisps for eating, except for a few which will go into a pie, of course.

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The Honey Crisps were more per pound compared to the Jonagolds but over all, they were way cheaper then we pay anywhere else and we got to pick them! It was nothing like I had expected either. I pictured tall trees and having to climb up ladders but this orchard is much more accessible because the apples are growing along vine like trestles which is much more efficient and kid friendly! I had such a fantastic time, despite my only getting 4 hours of sleep last night. The day was very memorable and we were able to kill two birds by just getting our pumpkins on the same day. We will most definitely return to the U-pick orchard next year and probably stock up on double the apples.

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