Last week we took a girls’ trip to the AppleBarn in Abbotsford. It felt good to get out of the city for a little bit and drive down roads with very few traffic lights. The little girls were excited and the volume in the car on the way there was pretty intense (with a three-year old and four-year old competing to be heard and several different renditions of twinkle twinkle on repeat). But after a quick donut pit-stop and a couple of wrong turns…we made it. And we really couldn’t have ordered up nicer weather. I wore a sweater and was wishing that I had a t-shirt – it was really hard to tell that fall was right around the corner…except all those pumpkins.
Since it was a weekday it was crowd-free. We strolled in past the empty ticket booth, eventually we found our way to the store to pay admission but it was cool that we had the place to ourselves aside from one other family.
I didn’t realize until we arrived that it was an apple AND pumpkin farm – a little bonus and a bit of a oh, right, Halloween-is-coming kind of moment…where did the summer go again? The warm weather and pumpkin combo was a new thing for me, but they had a stunning selection of pumpkins, including my new favourite, the Full Moon Pumpkin. As you might well guess, they were big. And white.
We took a fun hayride through the orchard so we could scope out the picking situation. On another note, do you know how hard it is to get a picture of four people together with a) eyes open b) tongues in their mouths (aka my daughter) or c) eyes not crossed? I have this strange recollection of family photos taking FOREVER. Now I know why. The poor woman (the tractor driver) who took this photo also took several more. Then she gave up.
We said hello to the goats, the bunnies, and the pigs. Pony rides were also available, but only on the weekend. This might have posed a small problem except that J told me, in no uncertain terms, that she was not interested in a pony ride.
A few apple varieties were ready to be picked. We grabbed mostly honeycrisp apples. The name really says all you need to know – they are so, so good! Oh, and, by the way, they make good bobbing apples. That’s how crazy we get on a Friday night these days…(: woop woop!
Hope your fall is off to a great start!