Fall is for apples, pumpkins, corn mazes, spiced cider and picking. Picking (literally) up any harvest you can get your hands on. In this case- we’re talking apples. I’m a Midwest girl. A Michigander. Apple cider probably runs in my veins. I know this sounds biased, but you just can’t get good apple cider outside Michigan. #SorryNotSorry. It’s the truth. I never met an apple I didn’t like.
Seth grew up in the city of San Francisco, so it’s not like he had tripped or stumbled upon an apple orchard before. I wanted Seth to experience visiting an apple orchard- so we took a little trip to Cranes Apple Orchard which is in Fennville Michigan; not too far from where I grew up. The smell of ripe apples, the crisp Fall air, the slightly soggy ground as you trudge along row after endless row of delicious sweet (or tart) apples. Every variety of apple you can imagine. Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, Gala…as well as some names I’ve never even heard of…the list was endless.
Yes, there is the ubiquitous sweet elderly lady-(probably there volunteering and not getting paid a dime- (but she doesn’t mind) serving up fresh apple slices. She’s donned in her striped woolen hat, and appropriate cold weather jacket as she lovingly grips a dark ruby red apple in her rough -(years on the farm)- worn calloused hand. She carves off a little chunk and hands you the little morsel as she awaits your reaction as you bite into the sweet juicy nugget. You nod, you chew, you pause just long enough, and politely without food in your mouth. “It’s sooo good!” you exclaim, as you make eye contact with her, and she smiles back in approval. You can try a slice of each variety (she seriously doesn’t mind) before you dodge deep into the orchard abyss of appleness to begin picking. This is not the Piggly Wiggly or Safeway. This is nature. Looking around you see apple trees as far as the eye will take you- with apples of all different hues. Your nose dripping from the cool air as you search each tree for the perfect apple to place in your bag. Apples that have NOT been shined, waxed or stacked up in a perfect tower of pyramid fashion. Children need to see where their food comes from once in a while. It’s a good thing. Beautiful ripe apples with leaves still attached. To top off the day, we stumbled and sometimes even fumbled- our way through the large corn maze on the property.
I hope you enjoy the pictures~
The picture below; these may not be apple trees, but pretty none the less…
Even on the ground they are still beauties
Something tells me in this picture below; a little one must have dropped a Golden Delicious amongst the Cortland apple trees…
And just when we thought we had no energy left- we hit the corn maze; just a one hour detour…no biggy.
For some reason, I’m thinking of popcorn…
Seth is thinking, Hmmm, maybe we should have turned left back there…
but I’m happy to report we made it out safe and sound.
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I felt like I was with you guys. Good job on the reporting. Henry Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 04:38:29 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
I really enjoyed your apple orchard story, it’s so much fun to get out among the apples. I live in NW Lower Michigan and attended the Charlevoix AppleFest yesterday. I go to the many orchards around here but the festival is fun too. I’ve just started blogging and am thoroughly enjoying apple season…it’s my favorite time of year! I enjoy your blog…really happy I found it.
Thanks for sharing! I’ll be sure to visit your blog as well. Happy Fall~ Suzie
Ahh, but there is an area not that far from SF where you can still experience the apples: Apple Hill, east of Placerville, is a real throw-back. We are in the suburbs of Sacramento and regularly took our children there to see the orchards, snowmobile, cut Christmas trees, and buy produce year-round.