In my last post, I talked about the time we went to a fun apple orchard in Wisconsin. It was a great day, although a lot chillier than we expected. But, despite the wind, everyone had a great time. With D’s civilian job and military service schedule, he has to spend a lot of time away. So any family time we get is so important to us. Apple picking is a great activity for the whole family- one we hope to be able to continue doing for years to come. From the adults way down to the littlest child, everyone can find something to enjoy.
Although we had fun, there were some things that would have made our apple picking experience a little more enjoyable, had we considered them. Here are four tips to keep in mind when taking the family for a day of apple picking.
Check the weather
Okay, we actually did check the weather. We thought we came prepared with jackets for everyone and an umbrella in the event of rain. However, what we didn’t consider was how windy the orchard would be the day we went. Our apple picking experience would have been even more enjoyable if we had brought a few more layers.
When planning your trip, make sure that you know what weather to expect so you can dress accordingly. You may be far away from any buildings while you’re picking apples so you don’t want to be caught unprepared. If it’s chilly, I recommend bringing an extra jacket, just in case it’s colder than you expect. Especially in the midwest, windchill is a real thing and can make it seem a lot colder than the thermometer suggests. You don’t want to spoil your good time by being cold.
Wear old shoes
It is important to wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. Especially on what Ladybug calls “soggy days”- when it is drizzling or when you can feel the moisture in the air- orchards can get muddy. Leave your nice shoes at home. Come prepared wearing old tennis shoes or boots to keep your feet clean and dry.
Babywear the littlest one in a carrier or sling
I really wish we had thought to bring our carrier. Instead, we brought our double stroller but decided it would be best to leave it at the farm store instead of lugging it out to the orchard. We’re glad we did as the muddy grass would’ve made pushing the stroller very difficult. However, being without the stroller meant D and I had to take turns carrying Buddy in our arms. I was really kicking myself for forgetting the baby carrier in the car. It would’ve been so much easier to pick apples if I had both hands free.
Let that be a lesson to you- if you have a baby, don’t forget the baby carrier.
Where to go to buy your picking bags
I’m not sure how the entrance fee works for every orchard but it was very easy to pay at Apple Holler. Basically, each person over the age of two has to buy at least one bag. Child-sized bags for kids 2-7 are less expensive than an adult bag. Everyone buys a bag and you use that to pick your apples. You can usually pay for your bags at the farm store (make sure to buy an apple cider doughnut or two!) and you’re ready to head out to the orchard.
Apple picking is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. By heeding these four tips, you are sure to have a great time and create wonderful family memories during your apple picking experience.
What tips do you find useful to remember when apple picking?
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