Thursday night I crossed 2 more to-do’s off of my Autumn Bucket List: apple picking and watching Matt coach a football game.
The game started at 5pm so I had some time to kill after work and since Wagner Apple Orchard is not far from the field where the game was happening I detoured for apple picking.
There was a frost in the spring which has been pretty hard on this year’s apple crops so I wanted to make sure that I got some good apples, especially before the Thanksgiving rush this weekend which I’m sure is going to bring tonnes of pickers. I knew that Empire and Mutsu were available, and Mutsu are my favourite so I was highly disappointed when the lady at the orchard told me that the back orchard where the Mutsu grow wasn’t open.
I think she was trying to deter me from picking apples altogether, really. Saying things like “All we have in golden delicious right now. . . they’re very hard to pick. . . WAY up in the trees . . . you’ll need to find a ladder, and they can be hard to find sometimes” I was waiting for her to tell me “Maybe you should just go” since she seemed so disappointed when I told her that I figured I could manage.
I was a bit worried that the apples were going to be crap and I would end up with a paltry amount of apples for $13 (since they don’t charge by the pound but by the bag instead) but actually when I finally managed to find a ladder and climb all the way up into the tree to grab one I took a bite and it was delicious. Golden delicious.
I kept singing “I’ve got a golden delicious” to the tune of “I’ve got a golden ticket” from Willy Wonka. To myself of course not out loud.
I paused for some narcissistic self-timer photo ops and then continued picking, mostly from one tree, until I filled up my bag.
Apple Picking. Check!
Now, what to do with 15 pounds of apples? Apple pie? Applesauce? I’ll probably eat most of them raw actually because they’re so good.
Stay tuned for part two… watching high school football.
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