It’s fall! Having spent my undergraduate years at Syracuse …being in the city makes me miss a good ole New York leaf changing, cider doughnut eating, corn maze running, Fall. So of course we took a day trip. After a series of mishaps it ended up being a three person excursion with Ben, Kait and I in a drive up to Barton Orchards.
First things first, I ran towards the pony. There were llamas, ponies, pigs and such near the front which was likely meant as a distraction for children, paving an efficient path towards more important things like the orchard…unfortunately for Ben and Kait I fell instantly for this trap and ran towards the ponies.
After I got that out of my system we walked around the grounds and visited the Farmer’s Market. The orchard has other veggies and fruits you can pick throughout the summer and makes all their own preserves. I couldn’t stop myself from buying fudge.
Most importantly, no apple picking trip is complete without a visit to wherever they keep the cider donuts and sometimes if you are lucky, apple fritters. They had cinnamon sugar and plain which we happily paired with a really lovely pumpkin cider. Yes, pumpkin cider.[click here if you want to track it down yourself]
Now that we are full of cider and donuts, the only logical thing to do is go into the corn maze.
Alright, I guess after all that we decided that it made sense to go apple picking since that IS what we came to do. On the way to the orchard, we picked some sweet and hot peppers (which we used for a dinner party Sunday). Unfortunately for us the skies opened up and there was a huge downpour as soon as we arrived at the apple trees. Fifteen minutes later, we were done and almost as if on cue the sun came back out. The irony of all this is not lost on me.
All in all, I think I learned an important lesson that day. I love apple picking.