Apple Picking in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is starting to look and feel like fall, which meant it was time to go apple picking. We found a great pick your own orchard outside of Lancaster and made our plans to go on our final weekday of our stay. The date we had selected happened to be when Will’s parents were in town for his birthday, so they joined us before heading back home.

Going on a weekday was definitely the way to go because there were not many people in the orchards. We only saw a few other people and were able to take our time and enjoy the experience. As with any trip like this with a toddler, we mostly enjoyed watching her explore and soak in her surroundings, but we also ended up with about 9 pounds of apples, too.

Little Bird has been surprising us lately with random words, so of course she pulled out “apple” while we were walking through the orchard. She seems to have no use for the traditional “dada” and “mama,” but she is getting demanding with “up” and “open,” so a practical word like “apple” is a nice change.

Once we got our fill of apples, we moved on to the field of sunflowers and the pumpkin patch. We did not pick any sunflowers or pumpkins, but we enjoyed walking among the flowers and letting Little Bird explore the pumpkin patch.

As we were leaving the orchard, we were given coupons for apple cider donuts from their farmer’s market, so of course I had to cash in on that deal and pick up a few other things. The donuts were fresh and so delicious and we stocked up on apple cider, some local cheese, and a few decorative pumpkins to add a little fall flair to Cate.

Getting out and doing activities like apple picking is so enjoyable, especially when we end up with delicious apples. We are looking forward to making applesauce and all the apple treats in the coming weeks.

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