Here I am in Warwick NY! I am at Masker's Apple Orchard. I am helping mom pick apples. It is so fun! Aunt Mimi and Peter are here too and we are walking through the orchard - tasting the apples from each tree before picking the apples. It is important to taste test because each tree has slightly different tasting apples.
We ended up picking mostly Macintosh apples as they were tart and crisp. We also got some Jona gold and Macouns. It was a tough call as all the apples tasted incredible and after a while you just can't eat any more apples. We also got there early and had a little picnic. They encourage you to bring stuff and simply enjoy the outdoors. I had a chicken sandwich which complimented the apples nicely. Mom had egg and cheese and she let me lick the cheesy foil which was delectable!
It was a perfect day, not too hot or cold... just right! I bounded up and down through the high grass. I love running up and down the aisles of the orchard, the dirt is real rustic and you know you are not in the city anymore. The orchard had cute names too like Pie Lane, which is akin to 5th avenue in NYC. Pie lane is in the middle and you can travel East and West, North and South from there. They give you these huge plastic bags which you fill with apples and the map is on the bag. As you fill it up though you have to crouch down to read as lifting the bags to eye level can become quite the workout. We filled our bags rather quickly but took time to take in the amazing view. We even stopped at the gift store area where they had pony rides and music and more food. There was a witch's broom on the wall there with a plaque that read 'I drive a stick shift' - ha ha, that's funny!
As sad as I am to see Summer go, I am happily awaiting the upstate trips we take in the Fall. There is always something to look forward to. And now, besides the great trips - we have apple pie, apple bread, apple butter, baked apples and more in our future. I think mom picked about 75 apples, and Aunt mimi did the same. An apple a day?... Piece of apple cake!