We weren't sure if we would be able to go apple picking this year for a few reasons. You may know that most apple orchards across the Midwest suffered devastating effects from the early spring/late frost back in March and April and many orchards lost up to 70% of their apple crop!
Our orchard that we've been going to the past several years lost 70% and raised their prices dramatically to try to compensate for it so we found a new apple orchard. It was a beautiful day and we got some beautiful apples!
Riding on the wagon out to the orchards to find our apples!
We had to climb through several rows of trees to find our Jonathan apples.
Eliana wasn't too sure about the tall grasses everywhere but she loved the idea of eating apples! The farmer who drove the tractor pulling the wagon encouraged us all to pick some apples and eat them to make sure we liked what we were buying. He didn't hear any arguments!
Zakkai and Samuel were the offical bag holders:)
Enjoying her first apple!
Ben and his pensive deep apple thoughts:)
All 3 of my guys making some delicious finds!
We get Jonathans and Jonagolds every single year. They sure make delicious pies!! And applesauce, apple pancakes, applebutter.....pretty much anything;)
Ben found the most enormous apple ever and quickly claimed it as his "test" apple for the Jonagolds. This apple was practically the size of a small child it was so big! It seriously took him a good 10-15 minutes to eat it and he was full after he was done!
He's very proud of his apple:)
Our 3 apple picking pros enjoying their 2nd or was it 3rd apples of the day?
Check back tomorrow for a very awesome new addition to our house, given to us by a beloved friend. Be prepared to be amazed....