Yesterday was our “Field Trip Friday” so we took a trip to a local apple orchard to partake of a variety of amazing apples, check out all of the end of summer garden produce, and enjoy Apple Cider Slushies!
This is Isom’s Orchard in Athens, Alabama. It is a family run orchard and they have amazing produce along with really good folks. 🙂
But before we get into the apples just take a moment with me to appreciate the end of summer bounty!
I would love to have all of that!
The girls (Katy and her friend, Mary) were curious about some tomatoes they saw in odd shapes and with different colors and patterns than they are used to seeing so they asked questions and one of the Isom’s took several minutes to explain the different varieties of tomatoes and how they grew them.
They had never seen chestnuts before and were really intrigued by them. We’ll have to roast up some chestnuts soon!
Of course, the main attraction is the apples this time of year. I honestly can’t even tell you all of the varieties they have. Jonagold and Golden Delicious are two of my favorites but they let me taste an Enterprise apple and I was really impressed with the texture and tart sweetness of it. I was tempted to buy some but I ended up with a 1/2 bushel of Golden Delicious since they are such a good eating and baking apple. I also plan to dehydrate some this weekend.
There are lots of places set up for photographs at this particular orchard. A pumpkin patch with decorated old fashioned buggy, a beautiful wagon wheel bench surrounded by mums and pumpkins, and more. But in the end, the girls just wanted to sit a chat on some hay bales – and that turned out pretty perfect, too.
If you have time in the near future, I encourage you pack up the family and head on out to an Orchard.
The sites, smells, and tastes this time of year can’t be beat!