Well, apples are in season now, so we looked online for an orchard near Philadelphia, and we found one called Linvilla Orchards. It’s kind of like Larriland (Picking Peaches), but it has more family events, such as hayrides, swim clubs, pony rides, and several other things which you can see from the picture on the box. Larriland does have hayrides and a country market, but it doesn’t have all the other events.
Wagon We Rode To The Fields In
Anyway, as soon as we arrived there we got a wagon ride. The floor of this wagon was actually just a flat bed covered with hay so it was kind of like a hayride, but the purpose of it was to get you to the actual trees which had ripe apples on them. The ride was really bumpy, I have to say, and since there was only enough hay to cover the bottom of the flat bed, everyone kept sliding down and around.
We picked two boxes of apples, one Pink Lady and one Gold Rush. We all ate 1 apple while we picked and realized once again how different fresh fruit is from store-bought fruit Fresh fruit is very crispy and “real”. We grow our own apples, but haven’t cared for them in a couple of years, but we plan on doing our work next year.
While driving to an orchard and picking apples for yourself and possibly having to preserve them if you get a lot does take much more effort then driving to the store and buying them, most of the time it is worth it, because fresh apples are so much better than store bought apples. Besides, you probably don’t want to be eating year old apples from the store. (Birthday Apples) That’s why we like to get peaches when they’re in season, apples when they’re in season, etc. Buy fresh fruit whenever possible!
Just for your information too, most of the fruit at Pick-Your-Own places is not organic – they are sprayed very heavily. Like I said, we grow our own apples (and peaches, pears, blueberries, etc), and it is near impossible to get good produce without a bit of spraying. For anyone just starting out with their own fruit trees, the 3 most critical things we have found to cut down on disease are dormant oil spraying – to kill pests before they hatch, removing all grass/other growth from underneath the trees (or bushes), and pruning and then thinning the fruit. We take off 75% of the fruit when we are doing it right. That way, there is plenty of air flow and the fruit is nice and big.
As a side note, for us plain apples can get a little boring. Or course they’re really good, but sometimes we want something with them. That’s why we decided to make a caramel dip to go along with them. This recipe is good, quick, and easy:
- 16 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt caramels with water, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Fold in caramel mixture. It’s good warm or cold.