This past Sunday we all went to Stribling Orchard in Markham, VA. It was an easy drive, about an hour each way. I chose Stribling for a couple of reasons. No admission fee and you can park right in the orchard. Perfect! No need for a stroller, and the walk is short enough that Luke's little legs didn't tire out too fast.
There were several varieties of apples available the day we went, though Cody was a little disappointed that they didn't have Granny Smith. He loves sour stuff. It took us about 30 minutes to fill two small bags (provided by the orchard) with apples. Luke had a blast finding apples on the ground and eating them, much to my dismay. It didn't seem to bother him though, he walked around with an apple in each hand, alternating bites, declaring "tasty!" after each one.
Once we were done, we drove back down to the store to pay for our treasures. Two small bags equal 2 pecks, 2 pecks equal half a bushel. It came up to $25. $25 for apples sounds like a lot, but those 2 pecks weighed in at around 20lbs.
We wandered around their store briefly, but there wasn't much to it other than some baked goods and various canned preserves. Normally I would have bought some, but since we're still unsure of Luke's allergies, I had to pass on them.
Tomorrow or Friday Cody and I will finally make the apple pie that we were supposed to make last week.
This week's theme of apples tied in with our Five in a Row book of the week - How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. We studied apples, the cycle of apple trees and apples themselves. Labeled the parts of an apple. We also studied Johnny Appleseed, which Cody really enjoyed.