Small bees circle the sweet fruit that lies on the soil below trees that overflow with apples. The children stretch their fingers around the apples as much as they can and gently pull them from the trees. They are experts, standing on their tiptoes and selecting fruit that’s just the right color and the right size. With arms full of apples, soon their bags are filled.
My husband talks about apple butter, apple pie, apple strudel and apple sauce.
I snap photos and carry the sacks of fresh-picked apples.
Many families, like ours, love ushering in fall or sending off the summer with a visit to an orchard to pick their own fruit. Often there are games and activities for children to participate in, samples of many apple varieties, fresh cider to drink and entertainment.
From August to October, families can visit a “U-Pick” orchard and enjoy the complete experience of farm to table – pick the apples, bring them home and eat them or prepare them into tasty dishes.
To find an orchard near your home, check out the Pick Your Own website (http://www.pickyourown.org/).
If you are looking for a great apple pie recipe, check out Twinkle’s from Twinkle’s Kitchen: Apple Pie 2.0.
Katy Mann is the woman behind Indy with Kids. Her writing, photos and advice has been featured on 'The Rachel Ray Show,' Business Week, the Chicago Tribune and various other television, radio and print media outlets.
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