September and October are THE months for apple picking and harvesting, so we ventured north-east to Mile-high Oak Glen in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, known for its apple farmers, plentiful apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and berry farms that make this hamlet a harvest haven. Along with hayrides and apple cider pressing, there are so many fun activities to be had by all!
Here's a peak into our day . . .
~ Along the way ~
~ This was the first orchard we visited. It was my favorite because
it's one of the smaller orchards, and felt like a mom-and-pop farm. ~
Most of my photos were taken in this orchard.
~ 100+ year old apple trees surround a beautiful white house that's
nestled on this farm ~
~ This farm was quite stunning with arbors covered in climbing roses,
creek beds lined with cobble stones, bird baths, and vibrant flowers at your feet. ~
~ A peak through the arbor ~
~ This charming white house is nestled in the midst of this orchard ~
~ Croquet, anyone? ~
~ Yes, we played a game or two . . . and it was so much fun! ~
~ It brought back so many childhood memories ~
~ Lots of smiles for me as I watched my little ones play croquet ~
~ My little guy was so focused ~
~ So determined! And it didn't matter that the mallet was as tall as she was ~
~ And we picked apples! ~
~ Wooden crates were nestled under the trees to hold the not-so-perfect apples.
These apples are turned into compost for the garden ~
~ Stayman Winesap apples, known for their sweet juciness ~
~ This is one of my favorite photos ~
~ The sunlight peaking through the branches & leaves was so pretty ~
~ A few not-so-perfect apples on their way to the compost bin ~
~ A real scarecrow loomed over the property's garden ~
~ He was doing a great job, because the garden was quite bountiful ~
~ The orchards also had chickens, roosters, and pigs ~
~ Large pots of flowers were every where ~
~ I love vibrant Black-eyed Susans this time of year! ~
~ So many varieties to choose from ~
~ My sweet Charley picking her first apple! ~
~ And here it is! ~
~ My gentle Ford picking his first apple from a low lying branch ~
~ And my baby girl's first apple ~
~ With determination, she finally pulled it off ! ~
~ Lauren insisted on carrying her own FULL bag ~
~ Daddy is sorting through our apples, picking the very best ones to take home ~
~ Roses every where! ~
I have plans for the beautiful apples we brought home!
Stay tuned for photos and a new APPLE DESSERT recipe later this week.
It's not too late . . . plan a trip to your local orchard!