This year we chose a most perfect day for apple picking. The weather was just perfect with a teeny touch of fall mixed in. I loaded the kids in the car all decked out in their jeans and "Timbs" and headed 40 minutes north to Masker's Orchard in Warwick, NY. Thankfully we went a littler earlier in the season this year as last year we went in mid-October and had a hard time finding apples. This year though, the trees were bursting! We ended up with a very full 1/2 bushel, a dozen cider donuts and a gallon of ice cold cider (which was free for AAA members). Planned thus far is homemade applesauce (my husband's specialty), caramel apple cake and some yummy apple strudel muffins.
The view from the top o' the orchard:
The princess and I wait at the bottom to bag those prime finds.
Bellvale Farms. They have a cool (and somewhat dusty) tractor ride to the pumpkin patch which is an actual pumpkin patch, not just a bunch of pumpkins sprawled on the ground. We actually get to cut our pumpkins off the plant and preserve some of that neat curly stem. And we know all great jack-o-lanterns need a curly stem!