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24 September, 2013

Apple Picking

Weekends in the Fall are tricky for us.  I work Sunday afternoons, then we go to Mass as a family, and Eric stays to volunteer with the youth group.  We just Saturdays as our only real weekend day, they're often filled with football games, birthday parties, or social events. It's rare we get a day just the three of us.

I've always loved the romantic notion of apple picking.  With a free Saturday just for our family we decided rain or shine to go up to Apple Alley in Ellijay, Georgia to see what we could find.

I snagged a deal on Groupon that included admission, apples, hayride, petting zoo, apple canon, and a pony ride for $20.  Sold!  Off we went.
The forecast wasn't promising, but we got up super early to beat the 11 am predicted monsoon.  And we're SO glad we did.  It was sprinkling, but nothing to keep us indoors.  But just as we picked our last apple and headed over to the apple canon the orchard started closing the attractions due to the oncoming rain.
It came down hard, but we raced back to the market for some fresh fried apple pies and a little farmers market shopping.
We picked up a sack of apples and bucket of end of season peaches, in addition to some of our weekly staples like tomatoes, onions and sweet potatoes.  Yum!

We're bummed that we only got to pick apples and pet the goats, but we still had good family fun!  It was so nice to run around in the mountains with Evie and Eric.  

We hope we can squeeze in a little more Fall Fun, like a corn maze and a pumpkin patch before November craziness begins!

Looking for some yummy things to do with apples? Try my grandma's applesauce recipe!

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