The amazing weather we experienced in March plus the subsequent frost and subsequent drought had a dear price. Much of the apple crop in southern Illinois and Michigan was lost this year. Today we headed out to enjoy what was left. The U-Pick pickings around here are very slim. Kuiper's Orchard was able to save a large portion of their apple harvest through some serious apple-saving efforts. We're so glad they did.
We were able to pick a 1/4 peck each in the orchard and to pick up a full peck in the store. Add to that absolutely perfect weather and you have a recipe for success.
We even had fun getting to the orchard.
And just hanging out.
Did you know that Ellis' life goal is to be a farmer? He's doing pretty well so far.
After the apples, we headed over to the pumpkin patch. Although we didn't U-Pick pumpkins (the child was pretty much melting down entirely by this point), they had a great selection in the store.
I've always wanted one of these:
I finally treated myself. After I use it for decor, I will cook it up and eat it, even though I really don't like eating pumpkin.
That's right. I'm living the dream.
Now, of course, it's time to can those apples!