Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. I love the smell in the air and the cool evenings. I love raking the leaves and watching the boys enjoy spending a whole afternoon jumping in them. I grew up with a large apple orchard in our back yard and Fall was always a special time of year. I am already thinking of yummy home made apple pies and apple cider. As you have read before, I love the idea of picking your own produce. So just like my previous posts about berries, you can pick your own apples as well. Last year we drove up to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock and had the BEST time! I highly recommend going there. It is a family owned orchard and they have been around for 25 years and there are over 25 varieties of apples.
The apples were fabulous as were the apple cider and warm homemade doughnuts prepared in front of your very own eyes. The view here is spectacular, as the name suggests. As an added bonus the leaves had turned colors. We spent an afternoon picking apples and just hanging out, the boys loved every minute of it. There are plenty of activities for the kids. They have live animals, hayrides and nature walks. The drive into the mountains is just incredible at this time of year. This is definitely a must do! Go to their website and check it out. You will want to jump in your car that very moment. They even list recipes for you. Go to www.skytoporchard.com for more information.
There are several apple orchards listed on www.pickyourown.org/nc
I would love to hear any additional recommendations from you Smarties on where you have picked apples and what orchards you recommend. I just might get a little crazy and try to hit a couple of apple orchards this year. While we are at it…if there are any Martha Stewarts out there that want to share any killer apple recipes then please do!