On Monday, we headed out to Apple Hill in an attempt to avoid the crowds. The kids and I had planned to go the week before on their early release day but we called ahead and were told the apples wouldn't be ready for at least another week. We thought we would be timing it just right but were surprised to find when we arrived at our normal u-pick place (Denver Dan's) there were practically no apples at all. One of the ladies working there told us they'd had a bad season, winter to three days of summer and then back to snow. She said the apples still tasted just fine but were small and blemished. We grabbed a bag and headed out in the hopes that we'd be able to find something. We managed to fill a bag but they were definitely not the same apples from years past.
The kids were asking for apple cider and we were directed to Bolster's, the next orchard up the way. It was a totally different story at Bolster's. They had just opened their apples up for picking two days prior and the trees were full. The apples still weren't the normal beautiful Apple Hill apples but we had a fantastic time. The weather was beautiful and we had the place to ourselves.
It was Jacob's first time picking apples and he was more interested in swatting at them than plucking.
When he did manage to get one from the tree, he looked at it for approximately two seconds and then tossed it on the ground, sending a sister scrambling to grab it and stick it in the bag. The girls loved using the apple picker for those hard to reach apples. They could have happily picked all day long.
I love this expression. It usually means, "I'm about to do something I know I shouldn't. Are you going to try and stop me?"
We bought a little apple cider on our way out and were sharing one cup between the five of us. Jacob couldn't be bothered to wait for his turn and so Doug gave him a little from the jug. He apparently really likes cider.
We had noticed on the way in that Larsen's Apple Barn was open. In the past on our visits, it either hasn't been open or was just overcrowded.
As there were no cars, we stopped in and were pleasantly surprised to find a little farm and antique museum in the back.
At their bake shop we picked up some apple, walnut, and chocolate chip cookies for the road. They were delicious!
The lady in the shop offered the kids free caramel apples which they happily accepted. Anna was hoping the caramel would be sticky enough to pull out her two front teeth as they're both crazy loose right now.
We also grabbed an apple pie to have after dinner with a little caramel. It was alright but definitely not our favorite.