appledale orchards


This past weekend actually felt like fall. The days didn't get out of the mid-60s, and the boys and I were ready to soak up some of the last sun of the season after being so sick lately. On Saturday, we decided to head down to Appledale Orchards in Mexico, NY in search of the first apples of the season, and it was heaven! It's about an hour drive from us, so I knew that the boys would likely be doing nap time in the car on the way home. Planning on that, we left home around 9:30 and got there before the crowds.




Available for picking this past weekend were both Macintosh and Gala apples - neither of which are my favorites - but will make for some great applesauce (more on that later this week). Spencer was a little more interested in picking the apples than Porter, but both had a blast sampling mama's apples and placing them in my bag. We made our way down quite a few rows and picked some juice red ones, as well as some slightly green ones because they're more tart. Am I the only person that only loves the tart ones?

We left with a whole bushel-full, and we made our way over to the market next door where we bought some apple wine, some gummies for the boys, and we shared a fresh cider donut. There's something about fresh cider donuts that just screams fall (and delicious).




On Sunday, the boys and I took advantage of our zoo membership to Thompson Park Zoo again and got to see the animals bright and early. The boys could have spent all day watching the otters play, and frankly, I could have, too! It was a blast.

I was talking to Ryan about it this weekend, and I realized that as hard as this deployment has been, the boys and I have seen more of northern NY this past summer than we have in our entire 3 years here. It's not that it's really any easier packing the boys up to go on an excursion. It's just that it's worth it. We feel better when we get out and do stuff together, and that makes all the difference.

I'm linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.

8 comments

  1. I used to love apple picking with my family as a child. You are creating such great memories for your boys!

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  2. Oh my gosh, Gala apples are my favorite! I can't believe how perfect they look. This is inspiring me to visit my local orchard ASAP instead of waiting until October!

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  3. It is worth it and my what beautiful pictures you got! I have always been a sucker for an apple orchard and we always took the boys when they were little! Sweet memories!

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  4. I LOVED watching the otters at the zoo! We stayed for like 20 minutes <3

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  5. What a perfect fall activity! Looks like so much fun! :)

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  6. Ooh, I miss going apple picking and drinking fresh cider...!! Brings me back to the falls I spent in NH!! I love that you have totally owned this deployment and that you've used this time to go on so many adventures!!

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  7. Melissa, I really admire your get out there and do it attitude. I'm sure keeping busy does help while Ryan is away. I can't even imagine what that's like. We've done a 3 month and 6 month stint where Kent will be away for 2-3 weeks at a time during moves and that's plenty hard. You are the WOMAN!!! Apple picking is such a fun way to spend a day and you got some really cute pictures. Have you ever tried Ginger Gold apples? They are a cross between a Granny Smith and then some kind of apple that's a little sweeter. They are my favorite and they are only available for a short window this time of year. I bought some in Nashville to eat while I was there and gave half to my daughter for in her dorm because she loves them too. I haven't found any since getting back to CA (I usually find them at Costco) The best part about them (I just stumbled on) is that when you cut them...THEY DON'T BROWN!!! Ah-mazing! Have a great day pretty little mama!!! XOXO

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  8. Looks like a perfect day ! I love a good ole apple orchard !!! Fresh apples for apple pies ! Such cute pictures of your day :)

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