One of our favorite New England Fall activities is apple picking. There’s no better place to go to get apples in Connecticut than Lyman Orchard’s in Middlefield. We go every year sometimes multiple times a year. We actually had gone back before most of the kids went back to school and got some apples. It was super early in the apple picking season though and our middle daughter had already started school so she wasn’t with us. We promised her we’d do it again though.
When I had an opportunity to not only go apple picking, but also let the kids go through the corn maze at Lyman Orchard I was excited to give it a go. We hadn’t done the corn maze before. I was excited to surprise the kids with this treat.
I however was not prepared for the crowd when we went. We went back on October 15 when my husband had a Saturday off and I was able to get my work done early in the day. We decided to pick apples first. There were plenty of apples to choose from on that day and they were all delicious. My husband had been asking for an apple pie so I was excited to get our half a peck of apples to be able to make a fresh apple pie for him. Once we finished picking our apples we went back to the car and drove down to the Apple Barrel to go to get our tickets for the corn maze. We had enough for the four kids to go through the maze. They were very excited to head on into the maze. My husband and I waited at the end for them to get their way through. When they finally reached the end with looks of relief on their faces that they find their way out and tales of not having eaten since the 1700′s it was great to know that they made some pretty great memories together.
It was a beautiful day to go apple picking. It was much more packed however than we have ever seen it before. It was a bit of a traffic nightmare to get to the apples and to park for the corn maze and even to leave. We didn’t even really get to do any shopping in the Apple Barrel because it was too busy for our liking. There seemed to be some other events happening there that day though making it much busier than usual. We did what we set out to do. We got plenty of delicious apples and the kids had a blast in the corn maze. There’s a good possibility that this will be our last year doing the apple picking as a family of six. It’s a bit sad to think of how many lasts we are going through this year with my oldest going off to college next year. It’s all that much more important that we make all of these lasts that much more memorable and I think we accomplished that with this trip to the apple farm this year.
Oh yeah, and the pie that I made for my husband was delicious, if I do say so myself.