Over the weekend we tried a second round of apple picking. Our first experience didn’t go too well: timed poorly with Xander’s nap time, orchard was more spaced out, no hay ride, we forgot the baby carrier, orchard was 30-35 minutes away etc. etc. We hoped to have one last apple picking experience this fall that would leave us with a great impression of a fall tradition to continue while living in Maryland.
So, when we saw the Living Social deal to Rock Hill Orchard and learned it was less than 20 minutes away, off we went! We bundled up little man into his new bear outfit (thanks, Mom!) and drove out to the “country.”
My mom was actually with us while apple picking, but somehow we didn’t snap a picture together! Gahh! Guess this is what happens when you have a cute baby around. I digress…
We arrived at the orchard and learned there was a hay ride. We got Xander situated in the carrier and waited for the tractor. You could also drive to the apple fields but taking a hay ride is way more fun!
We grabbed our bags and off we went! Not without a cute picture first…
…he certainly is the apple of our eye!
The apple varieties were still in abundance and there were so many more options at Rock Hill than our previous apple picking adventure. I think we went home with sun crisp, pink lady, golden delicious, jonagold, stayman and rome. I think I’m also forgetting some!
We even found the tiniest of apples for the tiniest of people…
…you’ll get applesauce soon enough X!
After picking around 25 pounds of apples, we were ready to pay and get on the tractor again. Rock Hill had great prices too: $1.09 per pound if you pick over 20 pounds / $1.19 per pound if you pick less than 20 pounds. SO much cheaper than the last farm.
We unloaded from the tractor and stashed our apples in the car. Then, after a quick visit to the market (we bought fresh baked bread for John, green beans, and kettle corn), we were off to lunch with my mom.
It was a great day had by all and I’m excited to repeat this tradition with Xander next fall when he’s old enough to help us pick!!
What fall family traditions do you have?