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.
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.