Friday, October 23, 2009

little apples on a hillside...

important fact about me...

i'm not good at following directions. giving directions. or having a sense of direction. good rule of thumb, never let me be in charge of figuring out the logistics of an adventure. so when i decided to plan our apple pickin' adventure, someone should have relieved me of the role of troop leader.

soons orchard


two hours later, after a subway, two trains, a bus, and a cab, we( lauren, eddie, and i) all landed at the darling country store at soons orchard, only to be told...

apples

apple pickin' is only on the weekends.

"is it hard to get here from the city?" one well-meaning shop gal asked.

i wanted to cry. and kick myself in the pants. and the shins. with apple season ending the up-coming weekend, i was doomed to go yet another year without.

but fortune somehow smiled upon us, and sharon, the apple farm boss lady, did something truly wonderful...

siameseapples

she let us pick apples.


lo catching apple

and oh how we picked...


laughing

and picked...


lo's uggs

and picked...

golden deliciousness

the day was warm and the country 'scape was spotted with leaves changing.

ginny and lo

lauren and i giggled and acted fools.


eddie apple 3

ed practiced his apple juggling.

sun spot kiss 2

and we smooched a whole bunch.


apple crates

and i tried my best sweet-talking to score some wooden apple crates (to no avail)...


apple types

we each took home 20 pounds of apples( lady jean, golden delicious, cortland, jonagold and fuji).


apple signs

on the train ride back we shared apple doughnuts and nursed a giant thermos of spicy apple cider. it was a perfect fall day and i can't wait to go again next year. back to the soons orchard and farm. where they take care of foolish city folks who don't read the fine print. and have the best apples i have ever tasted.

now i just need to test out some of miss jc's apple recipes...yum! and i might have to buy this, thanks to her recommendation!

8 comments:

Marcine M. said...

This warmed my little heart! The kindness of strangers just can't be beat. Plus you and Ed are pure magic. And Jonagolds... don't get me started on Jonagolds! Can't wait to see what you'll make!

penelope said...

that's a great story....i have never once picked an apple off of a tree! peaches~probably thousands, never an apple.

Suzy said...

whew!! i'm so glad she allowed you to pick! we went earlier this month and there were little areas taped off that we couldn't pick from but THOSE WERE THE BEST APPLES! oh, sigh.

oh and you and your husband are ridiculous-cute, but in that special way that doesn't make me vom when i see a couple smooch.

<3<3<3

nice-etc.com / caitlin said...

haha aww i'm glad they could let you all in! another example of kind people in this world.
i'm gonna live vicariously through this post..every year i swear i'm going to take my bf to my childhood cider mill but it never seems to work out! to be fair, it is a 4 hour drive haha. but soooo worth it. and that's something to be said for a place where they've already picked the apples for you! love cider and apple doughnuts!

indigotangerine said...

you and ed are impossibly cute. i smile whenever i see a picture of you too together. Apple picking sounds like fun, hooray for random acts of kindness! we have some apples in our yard but they taste kind of nasty...

JC said...

Awwww! My heart was about to break for you! But you got a whole orchard to yourself instead--how dreamy!

And I bet your gratitude to the nice orchard lady was the only thing stopping you from running off with an apple crate.

That peeler/corer/slicer thing is amazing!! AMAZING! Get it!!

owl and peacock : melina said...

Oh my. A few days late in response, but this is one of the best posts ever. Those apples are too beautiful. And so are the photos. And hi, your hair color and cut are amaaaazing!

(ps: my name means "Little Apple" in Italian :) )

nadia said...

love these!

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