It’s not easy getting out of the house with a special needs toddler and a 10-month-old baby, but as a family, we needed to get out of the house more often. What better time than during the early fall, especially when indoor allergens are high? Because of the season, we decided to go apple-picking at Highland Orchards, a local farm that operates a bakery and market that is popular for their apple cider donuts.
It was our very first time being there, and we didn’t know what to expect. Since it was the weekend, they had shuttles running to the fields; I didn’t think it would be feasible to take our double stroller, so I convinced my husband to leave it in the car. What a mistake! Carrying a 24-lb baby in a sling and walking in humidity and heat…these are two things that I do not ever want to do simultaneously ever again!
My toddler was getting tired of walking too. Rows and rows of apple trees…the walking seemed endless! The poor thing fell down several times and was upset during the last ten minutes of our apple-picking. She did enjoy the shuttle ride back, and after getting off the truck (I practically slid off! Those things aren’t meant for women carrying babies in slings!), we went and watched some goats headbutting each other.
We did end up buying half a dozen of apple cider donuts, a few flavored honey sticks (20 cents each!), some apple cider, and some blueberry bread. On top of that, we had a whole peck of apples! Mutsu, Jonagold, and Stayman were the types that we picked, with Stayman apples being my favorite. I didn’t get to take a picture of our lot of apples, but maybe I will tomorrow morning!
Even though my legs are now sore and my hip feels out of whack because of carrying the baby (I should have invested in a BABYBJÖRN Carrier
!), I think our apple-picking experience was a good one. I know that my toddler at least had a little fun.
The greatest thing, though, is that I know my kids love apples. I think this will become a family tradition, and will hopefully give my kids a better understanding of where food comes from when they get older. However, I’ll have to keep away from those apple cider donuts!