Well, I am happy to report I have completed one of the items on my (mental) fall bucket list very early in the fall season– apple picking!
My husband and I found a rare Sunday afternoon where we were both “free.” Of course, there were a million things we could have been doing or should have been doing, but we agreed to take some time out for ourselves, together, because to be quite honest, we haven’t been on a non-vacation related “just for fun” outing like this in over a year that hasn’t also involved friends. Yes, we go out to dinner together and go shopping and so on, but we could not think of a time within the last year were we went to another town in RI just to do some fun “activity” just for the sake of fun.
We ended up at Jaswell’s Farm in northern Rhode Island because it seemed to be the most popular one around here right now. In fact, we ran into a friend when on our walk Sunday morning who confirmed Jaswell’s had plenty of apples to pick, as she had been there the day before. Also, I think the family has a connection to the school I teach in, as the Jaswell kids went through the high school I work in!
We had no idea what apples they had before getting there, but when we learned they had four varieties, but only one of which we really loved, we zeroed in on our apples of choice only, the crisp, sweet and sour Macoun!
I should note Jaswell’s also had a very cool and very busy pick-your-own pumpkin patch! Also, they had an awesome farm stand selling fresh fruits and veggies, apples of course, cider, doughboys and even fresh, hot apple crisp!
we quickly got to the apple trees, but went way beyond the first rows, as they were not our favorites. I think they were Red Delicious perhaps?
We found the path that would take us to the Macouns!
The apples were huge and plentiful. We came plenty early in the season to have our pick of the orchard!
I made sure each and every apple I picked was perfect.
It was hard to limit ourselves! Since we don’t have much room in our fridge, we decided to pick 12 apples each and then give half to my mom.
I made sure to pick a mini apple also, just because it was so cute! I know it is hard to tell here but this apple is a baby! So adorable!
Jaswell’s was extremely busy, and we found ourselves in a long line to pay for our apples. The good news is, despite the fact there was only one person manning the cash register, they moved quickly and efficiently! We only had to wait about ten minutes and we were on our way!
Due to my lack of time, I know these apples will not be eaten any way but raw. Even though I’m not going to make anything fancy with them, I am glad I at least got to go apple picking this season! What a great start to my fall!
Do you have the ability to go apple picking where you live? If so, are you planning on going or have you already gone?