Our yearly tradition in September got a whole lot more fun with a mobile toddler, a two week old baby and a midweek visit giving us the orchard to ourselves.
Details: Our orchard of choice is Pine Farm Orchards. Info found here.
We’ve never picked our own pumpkin before, and I thought that it was the sort of family-friendly activity that screams to be made into a tradition, so on the list it went! We met up with my cousin and her sweet boys over Thanksgiving and found some perfect pumpkins!
Details: Information about Andrew’s Scenic Acres can be found here.
On Thanksgiving weekend we hit up Andrew’s Scenic acres for some picture perfect Fall activities (a couple more to come!), and they happened to have these two adorable mini-horses (I checked, mini horses, not ponies) pulling a cart through the flower fields. How could we pass it up?! Henry and I got all the fun, while Adam took the photos.
Until I started looking up recipes, I didn’t realize there was no butter involved in apple butter. Just delicious apples cooked down with sugar and spices into concentrated deliciousness. We went back to Pine Farms Orchards to pick some apples (a combo of Spartan, Corkland, Honeycrisp and Red Delicious), Adam’s sister Martha helped us prepping the apples, then they went into the slow cooker for 12 hours. It made our apartment smell amazing, and the results were pretty darn tasty.
Details: We more or less followed this recipe from My Baking Addiction. I say more or less, as we don’t have kitchen scale, so we’re not certain about exactly how many apples to use.
Pine Farm Orchards are in King City. Hours and location can be found here.
This past weekend we went back to Andrews Scenic Acres and picked some flowers. These two images from Pinterest were what inspired this one to get added to the list;
While not quite as picturesque, it was still fun and we left with a small handful of lovely blooms.
Details: Information about Andrews Scenic Acres can be found here.
These past few weeks have just been bananas; full of work and personal commitments, we have only knocked a couple things off our list and I just haven’t had the time (or energy) to post about it. I’m going to try to catch up completely this week. We’re heading off on the big one (#98!) soon, so I want to be up to date before then!
Last week we went out to the Niagara region to hit the very short cherry picking season. I added this to the list without checking to see the picking season; turns out it’s only 10-14 days long max, and was a fair bit later this year due to the long winter we had.
Details: We went to the Cherry Avenue Farm in Lincoln. Details can be found here. It looks like they still have fruit, so if you want to check it out, go soon!
We started summer off right by going strawberry picking on Saturday. We clearly hit the sweet spot, because even though people were leaving as we arrived with buckets of strawberries, there were still plenty for us.
Details: We went picking at Andrews Scenic Acres, details can be found here.