Friday, August 20, 2010

Daily Peep: It's Apple Pickin' Time!

Today was the big MOMS Club apple picking adventure. As predicted, Peeper loved it.

While we waited for everyone to arrive, the kids played in the corn table.

The first stop was the Bee Room, where our tour guide, Miss Cindy, told the kids all about how they use bees at the orchard to help with pollination.

Everyone sat politely and listened attentively.

Well, almost everyone.

The we all loaded onto the wagon for a tour of the orchard. Miss Cindy told us all about each area that we passed by. We saw asparagus (gone to seed), blueberry and raspberry bushes, and peach and apple trees. We also saw two of their eleven man-made lakes, the drip irrigation system, several bee boxes and a truckload of apple pickers.

Finally, we arrived at the pick-your-own gala apple orchard. The tour cost $5/person (free for kids under three) and each paid guest was allowed to pick five apples. We didn't pay for Peeper, but we let her pick about eight of our ten. Shhhh. 

All of the trees are grafted onto dwarf root stock, so that they are low to the ground and easy to pick. It was no problem finding ten apples well within the reach of a 2'7" toddler.

We did have a little trouble explaining to her that she wasn't suppose to pick the ones lying on the ground.

Then our wagon took us back up to the front. These are huge stacks of apple bins.

And these are bins full of apples and peaches, back at the store.

The kids played some more before we headed home. I'm pretty sure Peeper understood better than she let on that she wasn't suppose to actually eat the corn.

It wasn't exactly a live pony, but she enjoyed this horsey plenty anyway.
The fruits of our labor. These are the ten apples that we picked.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like so much fun! Great pics too. Frappa may be jealous of those Gala apples. They are her favorite and we haven't been able to get them the last few weeks.


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