I didn’t expect the smell. It’s the thing that first hit us as we stepped into the sunny orchard; the sweet scent of apples. It was a perfect day for our little apple picking outing at Gates U-pick. This is just the beginning of the season so you should go here too. We had a lovely time.
We wandered through the rows of trees, leisurely picking two big bags of Gravenstein apples. And because that was so much fun, we also picked a bag of Clapp pears.
Can’t beat the price – these were supposedly 10 lb bags (and the owner gave us a deal – just $10 for all three bags!) but when we got home we discovered we’d picked 30 lb of apples and 18 of pears! I’m determined not to waste any so we’ll have to get eating. I also plan to make lots of apple and pear sauce and pie filling for the freezer.
After picking we had a pleasant lunch of olive bread and brie in the peaceful u-pick picnic area and a walk on the dike to complete the day. On our way home we stopped off at Hennigar’s to load up on local produce for the freezer.
A splendid day!