Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple Picking & Apple Resources!

We had beautiful weather on Sunday, so we thought we would take advantage of doing something outside and take a drive to a local apple orchard.

This orchard also had raspberries, but pickin's were pretty slim and a bit prickery.

On Saturday, Bob and the boys participated in a tree climbing class, so they were all ready to get up into the trees at the orchard.

carrying apples even with only one arm
Last year at about this time we were just starting our walk down The Alphabet Path.  Here is a recap of what we did for the letter A is for Apple.

Bob picking "the good ones"

The little kids devouring the few raspberries we salvaged, while the others picked apples.

Fun Apple Facts & Resources ~

Johnny Appleseed's Birthday is September 26th

Apples are Michigan's largest and most valuable fruit crop with an estimated $700 million annual boon to the economy.

Small family farms are the driving force behind the apple crop in Michigan.  99% of apple farms had less than 100 acres in apples.

Honeycrisp is a popular "new" variety.  Get them while they last!  They will most likely be gone by mid-November.

*apple facts from

Apple Lapbook

Johnny Appleseed Lapbook

Super cute apple craft

Lots of ideas for an entire apple unit

Good Things to Eat  ~

Apple Butter
Baked Apples
Apple Crisp
Apple Muffins - we made these over the weekend, delicious!
Apple Pancakes
Scalloped Apples
Caramel Apples - my kids are begging for this, all homemade too

How do you celebrate apple season in your home?

I'm linking up with Stef @ Educating Layton.  Go check out more apple resources!


Lisa said...

Jen, it looks like so much fun! :-) I really have to take my kids to an apple orchard this year! And, I am definitely going to try some of those recipes. Thanks for the resources, as well!

God bless,

reasonsforchocolate said...

Have you ever had cider apples?! Oh my! When I fly up north to visit my family this weekend, I will be sure to stop at one of the orchards for those. They are so yummy.

We do not have apple orchards down here and I really miss it at this time of the year.

What a great day you all had and that tree climbing course? Really neat!

Carrie Roer said...

I'm in Michigan and I love this time of year! We used to rent a house from a family at church who were apple farmers. We had honeycrisp right outside our back door. ;) When I was little, my family would get together with some friends who had an old hand-crank cider press and we would spend an afternoon making gallons of cider!

I'm a new follower, thanks for linking up to NOBH! :)

Jen4Ever4Always said...

We try to make it to an orchard at least once per year. It's good to support the local economy :)

Jen4Ever4Always said...

I don't think I have had cider apples before. I will have to be on the lookout for them. The boys loved the tree climbing class!

Jen4Ever4Always said...

My kids would love to be able to make cider, what a fun memory for you! Thanks for following along :)

Kim Covert said...

An orchard visit is on our list for this time of year. It is always so much fun. Thanks for the apple recipes too!
Happy Fall!

Noreen said...

Hi Jen, your apple picking adventure looked like loads of fun for all members of your family! Interesting facts about apples. I had no idea Michigan profited that much in apple sales.

The Adventurer said...

Great trip out to the apple orchard. The UK has had a bad year for apples this year:( due to the strange weather so we won't be going this year. But usually we always go and make homemade apple sauce. Thanks for linking up on the NOBH

Jessy Gaffen said...

Oh, we're hoping to get apple picking this weekend (if the weather dries up). I can't wait to get a bushel of MacIntoshes! LOVE them in pies and crisp!

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