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Apple Picking in November

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 let 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, Fujis and granny smith’s off the branches.

I 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.

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Mangochild

Friday 13th of November 2009

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.

josephine

Monday 9th of November 2009

luv Paige's hat!

Virtual Frolic

Monday 9th of November 2009

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

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

Monday 9th of November 2009

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