I've been wanting to go apple picking all season long, and finally went with not a week to spare. We went to Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY- it's absolutely beautiful up there! I went to Masker's late last year, so I was familiar with the area and the farm, and knew they'd still have lots of apples.
We rented a zipcar and stopped at Utopia Deli for sandwiches and sodas so we could picnic at the orchard. Thankfully the sun came out, but it was still pretty chilly eating outside. Once we got moving (read: skipping and jumping and climbing trees) we warmed up.
It was determined that I ate 16 apples while we walked around. I think it was more like 4, but it felt like 16 when I had a stomachache on the drive home.
I can't remember the last time I climbed a tree, and this one was perfect. I regretted not having had our picnic in the tree (don't doubt me, I would've made it work somehow).
The apples at Masker's are seriously huge. (And yes, that's probably apple #14... erm... 4 in my left hand). We had a really fun day! It's great to get out of the city every once in a while and enjoy the outdoors. I was particularly silly, limbo-ing under branches, skipping around and dancing on bales of hay. I even found a perfectly tiny apple, named him Fred and tucked him in my pocket. Guess it's good to let the kid out every once in a while!
We hauled home a ton of apples, and I'm planning on making a couple pies and an apple cake (I'll post the recipes!). Another great day!Update on 2010-11-03 13:18 by Alice
So apparently my silliness at the orchard was documented... after hearing of my Bahamas limbo championship, my company forced me to defend my title: