Our First Apple Picking Trip

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Last Sunday, our family went on our first apple picking trip. Other than it was our first, it was special because my parents were able to join us. They are currently visiting from the Philippines and mainly went here to celebrate my son’s first birthday with us which is very sweet! Go ahead and check out his Safari-Themed First Birthday Party for some fun ideas, if you’re planning your own. Hopefully, they’ll be able to join us again next year. If you’re looking for some Fun Fall Activities To Do With A Toddler, don’t forget to check out my post about it.

We went to Crooked Run Orchard, in Purcelville, VA which is just a short drive from where we live. The orchard was big; you have to cross a small creek before you get to the actual apple picking area. They have different apple varieties (red delicious, golden delicious, etc.), blueberries, and are also selling pumpkins and ciders. The soil was surprisingly dry even though it rained the day before.

It was a very sunny but windy morning when went to the orchard; but we didn’t find it too cold. The weather was nice enough to allow us to walk around the farm (they were all wearing light jackets while I was wearing a cardigan – watch out for it, I’ll be sharing the details of my outfit soon), enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and find some good apples for more than an hour without wanting to go back to the car. There were apples falling from the tree though so we had to cover the kids’ head to make sure they don’t get hit.

At first, we found it hard to look for some good apples. All the apples have a lot of black rot in them, and since it’s our first time, we thought the apples were bad. We had to walk all over the orchard in search for our perfectly red with no black rot but didn’t find any. So we decided to do what any first-timers would do, follow the crowd. We weren’t able to find our perfectly red apples, but got some that have very little black rot in them. We had some apples that afternoon and they’re very sweet; the kids loved them. Google-ing after our trip, I found out that the black rot in apples is very common; you can read about that here.

It was a nice experience for everyone. We had fun apple picking and we probably wouldn’t have gone home that early if we didn’t need to have lunch soon. My daughter didn’t want to go home; we had to bribe her into going to the playground after we get home so she’ll stop fussing. We will definitely do this again next year.

apple tree at crooked run orchard

toddler apple picking with grandpa

toddler apple picking with mommy

grandpa apple picking

grandma apple picking

toddler apple picking mommy

toddler apple picking with grandpa

Have you gone apple picking before? Did you like it? If not, what did you not like about it? Do you have some tips for newbies like us? I’d love to hear from you.

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31 Comments

    • Belle
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      October 13, 2016 / 9:36 AM

      Oh no! So sorry to hear that; but maybe next year you could plan a trip to somewhere where you could go apple picking and do some other fun fall stuff as well. 🙂

  1. October 13, 2016 / 9:38 AM

    Looks like you had a great time! This is one of my favorite things about Fall, I can’t wait to make our trip

    • Belle
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 9:39 AM

      Yes, we did. I love how there’s a lot of fun activities to do in fall. I hope you enjoy yours too.

    • Belle
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 2:11 PM

      It really is. Are you planning one soon? 🙂

  2. Lauren
    October 14, 2016 / 9:54 AM

    It looks like perfect weather for apple picking! It’s nice that your family was in town too.

    • Belle
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      October 14, 2016 / 10:04 AM

      The weather was perfect when we went there. I was actually worried because it rained the day before but thankful that the weather was nice to us. 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      October 14, 2016 / 12:52 PM

      Thank you! We did; we loved it. 🙂

  3. October 14, 2016 / 1:49 PM

    so cute! me and my Hubby recently took our little one apple picking/pumpkin picking. Last time we were here was when he was still in my belly. It’s so relaxing and peaceful and the apples tasted so great! I’m glad you all had a nice time.

    • Belle
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      October 14, 2016 / 1:54 PM

      Thank you! Yes, it is indeed very peaceful and relaxing. I love nature trips for these reasons that you’ve mentioned.

  4. October 14, 2016 / 7:27 PM

    I love apple picking! I still have a bunch of apples at home from last time. I’m trying to figure out what to make with them 🙂

    • Belle
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      October 14, 2016 / 9:16 PM

      We made applesauce on ours because the kids love that. Have you apple pie yet? 🙂

      • October 14, 2016 / 9:28 PM

        Yeah I wanted to try something new. Saw an apple flan recipe… maybe I will try it out 🙂

        • Belle
          Author
          October 14, 2016 / 9:38 PM

          Ooooh! Apple flan sounds so good! Enjoy! Do let me know how that turns out. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. October 15, 2016 / 8:43 AM

    Love your photos! I can’t believe we haven’t been apple picking with our little one yet. Such a perfect way to spend a fall day.

    • Belle
      Author
      October 15, 2016 / 8:52 AM

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked them. You should definitely go one day this season, I am sure you’ll have tons of fun and your little one will love it. 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      October 16, 2016 / 8:50 PM

      Thank you. 🙂

  6. October 17, 2016 / 12:38 AM

    What a fun day! Love the pics!

    • Belle
      Author
      October 17, 2016 / 8:34 AM

      Thank you! Glad you liked them. It was really fun. 🙂

  7. lesleysullivan4
    October 17, 2016 / 9:02 AM

    I looks like you and your family had a great time! We definitely have apple picking on our fall bucket list.

    • Belle
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      October 17, 2016 / 9:05 AM

      We really did. We liked it so much that we’re going to do it again next year and maybe it’s going to be one of our traditions every fall. I hope you to get to go to your trip soon.:)

  8. October 17, 2016 / 4:14 PM

    I have been wanting to take my little guy apple picking but I haven’t found a good place close to us yet. I remember going as a child and loved those memories. It looks like you guys had a great time! 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      October 17, 2016 / 4:20 PM

      Awww! So sorry to hear that. I hope you find one soon and you get to take your little guy on an apple picking trip. We had a really great time. Thank you for dropping by.

  9. Babies to Bookworms
    August 17, 2017 / 11:10 PM

    This looks like a fun trip! I love going apple picking every year, and I love watching my daughter enjoy it too!

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