When I think of autumn, a few things come to mind: cool, crisp days…beautifully coloured leaves…but above all else, the mountains of delicious food to be had. One of the food items at the very top of my list? Apples!!
…because obviously, a monkey can’t live on bananas alone.
One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is go apple picking. Now, bananas, I’ve naturally got plenty of experience with….but apple picking was something completely new for me. And when you’re an eager adventurer like me, you’re all about experiencing new things. I knew I wanted to make a day of it and take a tour through the Annapolis Valley, so I quickly did a little online research about u-pick apple farms and found Boates U-Pick – a local family-owned apple orchard. I’ve seen them at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market plenty of times…selling apples, pears, apple cider, and different kinds of vinegar.
And so off to Woodville I went! Now the drive to the apple orchard was a lovely scenic one. I arrived ready to get my apple picking on.
The u-pick orchard is located right beside the family home, a great reminder of the fact that I was supporting a small, family-owned business. I was given a bag and allowed to go ape in the orchard. It was a gorgeous fall day and I could think of no better way to enjoy the weather and the beautiful scenery.
The best part about the trees is that they’re nice and small, with plenty of low branches that make it super easy for both kids and monkeys alike to participate. There is a big sign in the front of the orchard that explains their colour coding system; each apple type has its own colour code and the tree trunks have been painted a corresponding colour. As long as you know what kind of apples you want, then you’re ready to roll.
What a great, affordable family activity! I could have stayed for hours. The toughest part was lugging the bag out of the orchard, but lucky for me, that’s what bald sidekicks are for. For only $8.00 I got myself a 20 pound bag of apples – enough to keep this monkey well-supplied in apple pie and apple crisp for a good long while to come.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying the fruits of your labour (HA!! Get it??).
Have any ideas on where in the Maritimes I should show up next? Know of a great local business that you think should get some exposure? Are you a small business owner who would like to promote your product? I would LOVE to hear from you!
Just send me an email at RomanChimpsky@gmail.com and let me know!