Apple Picking in November

| November 9, 2009 | 4 Comments


The sky turned a brilliant blue today … better than anything Crayola could imagine. And the temperatures were downright warm — along the lines of what we expect from early October, but certainly not November. It was just one of those gloriously beautiful Sundays.

A day like today should be spent outdoors, enjoying the weather and the land. So, the kids and I packed into the car and headed to Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel, Conn., for some apple picking. Honestly, I didn’t know that you could pick apples in November, but you can.


When we arrived, picking was in a different part of the orchard than I’ve picked in before. No matter, we paid for our bag and got to picking. There were only a handful of people there, so we had the place virtually to ourselves. I left go of Will and Paige’s hands and let them just walk around … free. They still stayed pretty closeby, but it was nice not to worry. Soon, Will and Paige both got down to business eating apples while I snapped braeburns, fuijis and granny smith’s off the branches.

IMG_7695.jpgI can’t say that picking conditions were perfect — this late in the season, there are many apples to discard do to inedible imperfections. But what was lost in efficiency was made up for in relaxation. I can’t say enough about the joys of picking in such peaceful solitude. I found similar enjoyment when we went blueberry picking at a new place this summer.

If you are in the area, you still have time to pick too. According to Blue Jay, picking will continue until mid-November, so there are at least a few more days to get out there and enjoy this requisite fall pastime … Gosh, I wish next weekend would be as nice as this one was.



Category: pick your own

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Aren’t we lucky to live in a part of the country where there are apple orchards? We love to go apple picking, too!

  2. Aw looks like a fun time! Will really likes those picture cutout things, doesn’t he? :)

  3. josephine says:

    luv Paige’s hat!

  4. Mangochild says:

    What fun! I did a lot of my picking in September and October, but looks like I’ll have to head out to Blue Jays to do some more :-) Your pictures show such a fun day.

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