We are now officially into fall, and apple picking was on my priority list for this season. For the past 3 years we've tried to to go picking, but it never worked out where we were able to go when they still had apples to pick. I made it a point this year to go early in the season so we could actually do it. I've got a couple of tips for you to make this autumn activity a good one.
1. Go Early
In the season, and also in the day. Because we went so early in the season, it was still quite warm outside. I wore a cardigan because I thought (okay more like hoped) it would be cool, but I ended up tying it around my waste because the Sun came out and started to heat things up. Apparently Georgia isn't aware that it's late September. Mercier Orchard's You-Pick is every Saturday and Sunday from 10-4, so I recommend going when it opens--you'll be the crowds and you won't break out into too deep of a sweat.
2. Nibble Your Way Around
This sweet lady told us that we could nibble our way through the orchards which I didn't know you could do, but that is what we did. It was so fun to try different varieties and hunt to find your favorite trees. It's amazing how the same type of apple can very flavor from tree to tree.
3. Wear comfy shoes
You may be tempted to wear cute shoes for the photo opp, but the ground is uneven in a few places, and there are parts where it can be a little muddy. So wear shoes you don't mind wearing on a farm.
4. Go with friends or family
It was truly such a fun day. I enjoyed everything from the little hayride, to the apple tasting, to the picking and exploring. With such beautiful scenery, you'll want to share it with people you love. So pick a date, and get to pickin! I promise you won't be sorry.
This fall activity is a great day-date or for the whole family. It's a very family friendly environment. They even had a petting zoo, and pony rides for the babes. I hope you get out there and take a trip. And if you guys have any awesome apple recipes, shoot 'em my way because girlfriend has a boat load of apples now.