A popular New England fall time tradition is apple picking.
Yes, there are apple orchards in California, and yes, there are apple orchards in Texas...
There are probably apple orchards all over the country, but it's more of a "New England" thing.
In fact, I've never been apple picking in my life until I moved here.
The first time I ever went was last Fall, and it was at that moment that I became an "apple snob".
After tasting a delicious, crisp, sweet, and crunchy apple straight off the tree, you'll never look at or eat a regular "grocery store" apple ever again.
In fact, for several months after apple picking season was over, I refused to buy apples from the store, because "they just didn't taste the same".
It's seriously just amazing.
This weekend (since it's our second to last weekend here), we figured we would go one last time to Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick to go apple picking.
Lookout farm is
slightly overpriced, and we paid 65 dollars total for 3 people (Mattis was free thank God), and a medium sized bag to hold our apples that cost like 20 bucks.
Honestly, there are a TON of better orchards that charge a LOT less to pick apples than Lookout Farm, but we went there out of convenience.
We picked golden delicous, shizuka, honey crisp, and asian pears.
I've never had a shizuka until yesterday, and they were DELICIOUS (well they're ALL delicious straight off the tree).
Mattis ate an entire apple by himself....
nom nom nom
You can't leave the apple orchard without purchasing some good old New England Apple Cider Donuts!!!
They're serious SOOOOOO good!
We bought just 3 (one for each of us minus the baby of course), and had them with coffee (juice for Dannika) for breakfast this morning.
I probably won't buy another apple for a few months until I forget how delicious a freshly picked apple tastes from the tree.