Fall officially starts soon, and coming off this amazing summer, I think we are more ready to welcome autumn and the new beginning. With the changing seasons, we not only look forward to the crisp air, but our continued family traditions, apple picking has become one of our favorites. We look forward to pumpkin picking as well, but apple picking always seems to make that initial transition into the fall season and winter months.
We typically plan our trip for all of our family members weeks in advance, but this year, apple picking happened on the fly. On a Sunday autumn morning, we were driving home from our weekend adventure, while Jason and I were trying to plan the month around both of our travel schedules for work. Realizing that he may miss apple picking with all the weeks he would be away, we thought it would to perfect to stop that afternoon, on our way back into town.
I looked up apple orchards in the area, and realized that we were one exit away from Longmeadow Farm, in Hope, New Jersey. They didn’t offer hayrides, or some of the bells and whistles like other farms we frequent, but they had apples, lots and lots of apples. It was the earliest we’ve ever gone apple picking in a season, and I don’t think we’ve ever saw trees so plentiful.
Ryder manned an apple picker pole, while Siella and Gemma were in charge of the baskets. We loaded up on 4 or 5 different types of apples, and each time we came upon the different rows, the kids had to try each one. Along the way, we spoke about all the fun recipes we were going to use them for, once we were back home, and with over 15 pounds of apples picked, we have lots of baking in our future.
After we conquered the apple orchard, we walked over to the raspberry field. Even though it was late in the season into the colder months, we still managed to collect two full crates of berries. On the way home, Jason and I laughed about how lucky we were to have stumbled upon such a great farm. After visiting with different apple orchards year to year, we finally found a spot that took our favorite slot.
Apple picking reminds me so much of my childhood, and how our family always made it a point to go each and every year. I loved baking with my mom, and still use her famous apple “cake” recipe after our annual apple picks for the changing of the season.
On Monday, the girls and I baked an apple pie, and I wanted to share the recipe with you, as this pie was probably one of the best one’s I’ve ever baked. And, its probably no surprise, but it gluten free for Ryder. Save this recipe to make in celebration for the first day of autumn!
Perfect Apple Pie
Pie crust (2) we used a frozen gluten free crust
6 cups thinly sliced apples (about 6)
3/4 cup sugar (we used 1/2)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour (we used buckwheat flour)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Heat over 425 degrees. Mix ingredients gently, and spoon into crust lined pie plate. Top with second plate. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal. Cut slits on top. Bake 40-45 minutes or until apples become tender. Let cool before serving. Enjoy!
Happy Almost Fall!
*This post was originally published September 24th, 2015*
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We love going to orchards during the fall. There’s just something so wholesome about it.
It’s so fun!
I’ve only ever been apple picking once since we don’t have apple orchards here in SE Texas, but it was so much fun! I especially loved the fresh bakery at the orchard. We used to go to one in North Georgia when my parents had a house there. Apples and pumpkins definitely are a sign of the fall!
The bakeries are always so good!
Yay! We love fall and everything that comes with it. We have never been apple picking before but how fun! My son would love this activity and my hubby loves apple pie. A win-win! Now, I need to check if we have an apple orchard near us.
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You should try it!
It was fun to read about your adventure. The pictures were also just beautiful. It made me nostalgic for some of my childhood experiences.
Yes, us too!
I love going apple picking in the fall. It’s such a fun family activity, and it looks like you had a great time!
Always a great time!
Thanks, the place looks impressive. I feel like an apple now! I’m going to have to look it up for our next road trip; thanks for sharing the apple pie recipe going to try that one for sure:)
Such an amazing fall experience, apple picking is really the number activity for every family coming to Fall! Plus the apple pie recipe is such a great bonus. Loved it!
This looks so fun, definitely saving to come next year!
Yes, a fantastic time!
I honestly cannot believe we are approaching Autumn. Regardless, I am very excited about the fall season.
Yes, summer flew by!
Nnnniiiiccceeeee…I would love to go apple picking! Apples are a favourite of mine but yet I don’t even know how they are harvested.
You should go!
You are right that fall officially starts soon. I’m not into apples tho, for me fall is about pumpkin. However great apple pie is always welcome!
Pumpkin patches are fun too!
Beautiful photos! Autumn is a gorgeous season. Your blog is making me think of visiting the nearest apple orchard in our town and experience apple-picking too! Love it!
Yes, you should go!
I used to get grapes and fruits with my grandpa but now we don’t have anything. This is awesome and fun family thing.
Aw, that is so special!
Such a fun and happy experience in nature and I enjoyed the pictures as well. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! – Knycx Journeying
So glad you enjoyed!!
This is so nice and indeed one for the books! I would love to experience apple picking too!
It’s so much fun!
Thank you for sharing fun experience with your family. Beautiful pictures.
Thank you so much!
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We love apple picking!