Apple Picking- Great Fall Season Family Activity
Apple Picking in the Fall
Apple Picking is a great activity to do for a new family in the US.
We hope you read our previous blog post on, “Advice on Your First Days In the USA for K-1 and IR-1/CR-1 Visa Holders“. As a result, we hope that you got plenty of rest after your long trip to the United States.
Now, it is time to venture out and discover your new home area. It’s now October and the start of fall. As a result, it is starting to get cold and brisk. However, even though it is colder, you can have fun venturing outside.
The colder weather forces the trees to put their sugar in the apples and ripen them.
Many apple orchards have “pick your own” opportunities. This is a great time to get out and enjoy the fall cooler weather as a family. Apple picking is an activity that people of all ages enjoy. For example, families young and old love to do apple picking.
Apple picking makes a great activity to do together and enjoy being a new family.
Happy apple picking!!!
Apple Picking Tips
Find an apple orchard near you by searching on the web, seeing flyers or ads. Then, pick the orchard that you want to go to.
Take a look at orchard’s website. For this purpose, orchard websites often offer specific guidance related to apple picking. Also, the website may also list special events like hay wagon rides.
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Wear warm clothes if it is cold. Apple orchards can have rough terrain. Therefore, appropriate shoes or boots that support your feet are a good idea. Also, long socks or long pants protect your legs from insects and any picky plants. Depending on your picking day’s weather, sunglasses and a hat might be advisable, too.
Make sure you see our previous blog post on, “Prepare Clothing for Your Loved One for U.S. Weather“. We mention this in the hopes that you make your new fiance, wife, husband or partner warm when they arrive.
Think about packing a few extra items just in case. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the orchard bring:
- bottle of water
- Hand wipes
Bring a kid carrier backpack if you have a small child. They can tire easily walking from tree to tree. If you have a sturdy wagon, you could check with the orchard to see if you can bring it. Some orchards provide wagons at the entry point for their customers’ use.
Always, observe proper apple picking etiquette. For example, pick apples gently with a slight twist. In fact, this reduces any damage to the tree branch. Also, read any other rules of the orchard.
Most apple orchards specifically do not allow dogs. For fear that any dog feces will cause health problems, dogs are typically not allowed.
Once you are home, keep your apples in a cool place to extend their life. For example, some apple lovers claim that leaving the stem on helps the apples keep longer.
What to do with your Apples
After apple picking, decide on what to do with your apples. Just eating them in your lunch or as a snack is very healthy.
Also, try your hand at baking.
Many new immigrants need to learn how to use an oven. What a great opportunity to learn how to use the oven with these new apples.
For example, try the American classic apple pie or an apple crisp.
Do you have a cook book to break out? I like to find recipes on the internet for baking.
For apple pie, try this Apple Pie Recipe from Taste of Home. We go the easy way and use a pie crust from the store.
Also, try this easy apple crisp recipe.
Happy baking, eating and learning the oven.