I had an opportunity during my last sojourn to Connecticut to accomplish a Fall staple that’s been on my bucket list for years. While I’m originally from New England, I’d never been apple picking! Sure, I’ve picked out my own pumpkins from church yard sales, but fresh “You Pick” fruits? Nope. They do have opportunities in South Florida, Bedner’s in Boynton Beach for instance, but what South Florida truly lacks is a legitimate Autumn feeling. You know, the season where you can smell the rain in the air, and the trees are about to show you how wonderful it is to let dead things go. I miss that, immensely. And I foolishly thought that mid-September was fall. It’s not. It’s not officially fall until September 21st. Semantics. I tried to force the fall. Hence, the apple picking trip whether it was 82 degrees or 62 degrees out. It was 82. I dragged my godparents to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT. It was 100% worth the 45 minute drive.
Here goes: 5 Best and Worst Things About Apple Picking
- Variety. Rows and rows and rows of apples. I was one-track minded when it came to our apple-picking. I wanted Honeycrisp, and Honeycrips only. But, Lyman offered Gala, Honeycrisp, Courtland, Jonagold, Macoun during this particular time of the season. I hadn’t heard of half of those varieties. Lyman also offers You-Pick peaches, pears, squash, and starting next week (9/21) You-Pick pumpkins!
- Sampling apples fresh off the tree. What? We can do that? Just pick one and taste it? Yes. Yes, you can. As I mentioned before, I love honeycrisp. I love honeycrisp freshly picked even more. Make sure you actually eat the entire apple though. It’s wasteful and looked down upon to sample a bite and chuck it under the tree. Apple trees were also nothing like I thought they would look like. I blame that on the old Johnny Appleseed cartoons. Apple trees have a few girthy, main branches, and smaller ancillary branches which drop lower, weighed down by fruit.
- Sharing an experience with your family. There were plenty of families and couples spread through the seemingly endless acres of fruit. To me, picking apples is a fall staple. I was happy to share that with my godparents.
- The Apple Barn (Which is also on the worst list for a completely different reason) – Apple cider, cider donuts, apple butter, apple sauce, apple fritters, apple muffins, apple crisp, I’ll stop there but you get the idea.
- Fall Photo Ops – I opted to leave my Rebel at home this trip. I did a little photography with my iPhone, but man was I missing my Canon! Regardless, the Orchard offered so many different photo opportunities!
5 Worst Things About Apple Picking
- It’s not in Florida. Really. This distance thing is a real pain the apple.
- Yellow freaking jackets. So many things with stings. I’m cool with bees, but I will ugly run in a panic from yellow jackets.
- The Apple Barrel – This is only on the worst list because it’s impossible to narrow your selection down, and anything you do choose will be calorie-laden, but it’s so worth it.
- Being short. Sometimes the best looking apples are up high. One family did have this awesome tall tree picking device they ordered from Amazon. It looked like a modified lacrosse stick.
- It’s seasonal. But, that’s not the fruit’s fault. 🙂