“You’re leaving bumble**** for Philly, and you’re going apple picking while you’re there?” One of my coworkers said last week in response to my weekend plans.
It’s true, I did leave a primarily agricultural county to go to a big city and made plans to go apple picking with friends. It’s also true that Perry County itself doesn’t have any pick-your-own apple orchards, and my fall schedule is quite busy so I thought this weekend that I had scheduled to spend with friends would be a good opportunity to enjoy the autumn harvest.
Linvilla Orchards includes apple picking as well as lots of kid-friendly fall activities, like hay rides and an animal area, so the place was swarming with families, young children and pregnant moms. Fortunately, one of my friends who came on the adventure is due to have a baby next month, so we had some prenatal legitimacy for our crew.
After paying for our $30-worth of apples, we strolled through the farm market and sat at a picnic table to enjoy some apple cider donuts and apple cider (the beverage). What a perfect October morning!
One thing I didn’t tell my friends at the time was that the donuts were not nearly as good as the hot-off-the-donut-press ones I’d had with my mom a few weekends earlier in Lancaster County. Which goes to show—you can have a country experience just outside the city, but country cooking is best done where it belongs!
Fall makes me especially grateful to live in a state with distinct seasons. Do you have fall where you live? What are your favorite autumn activities?