Our family spent the Labor Day weekend up in Holland, MI, with all of Steve’s immediate family. We had an amazing weekend hanging out, playing in the waves on the beaches of Lake Michigan, walking through the woods, playing tennis, and enjoying our time together as a family. Sunday morning it was a little too chilly for the beach…so we headed out to Crane’s Orchard for some good old fashioned apple and peach picking. (If you are ever in the area, you must stop in…it will not disappoint!)
After checking in to get bags and do a little “apple tasting” of the varieties that were ripe for picking, the little cousins climbed right into the wagon…ready to be whisked into the rows of trees.
Tyler did not last long in the wagon…he was more interested in the sticks, touching the apples, and…
…running under the trees.
What. A. Stinker.
And he knows it too!
Grandma and Ryan pulling the wagon with all the apples they picked to the checkout.
We picked almost 30 pounds of gala and golden sup apples. We never made it down the hill to the sweet Blondee variety…as we were too busy chasing an unnamed toddler through the orchard! 😉
Then we headed over to the peach orchard that was on the other side of the apple tree fields.
More peach tasting…this is the Loring variety, and the one we picked the most of.
The peach trees.
Me. In a peach tree.
Because the most ripe peaches were at the top. And they told us to climb the trees to reach those at the top.
And I wasn’t the only one in the trees.
Charlie climbed into at least 6 different trees…on his own personal quest to find the best tasting peach!
He thinks this one was “squishy” enough!
After climbing into a few trees with me there to help, he decided he was ready to go up on his own!
And it was Tyler’s job to taste-test the peaches as we picked them. Well, not all of them.
But he sure seems to be enjoying this one!!!
And another bite.
This kid really takes this quality control thing pretty seriously!
Tyler also got a good look at the ripe peaches high up in the trees, atop Steve’s shoulders.
He’s so intrigued!
And in the end, our boys picked 22 lbs of tree ripened peaches! Pictured is one of 2 bags.
We spent $35.75 on our peaches and apples…and couldn’t be more excited to have all the fresh picked produce to take advantage of this fall…and perhaps into the winter!
(The $.70/lb price for peaches is better than what I’ve seen here in Dayton this summer…and the $.70/lb price for apples is about what I would find here locally.)
It’s the fresh picked, tree ripened that you can’t find in stores (and sometimes even at farmer’s markets) that I’m excited about!!! Plus, we’re making “healthy memories” and having tons of fun with our boys in the process!
My Peaches and Apple Plan
- Grilled with pork chops
- Flash freeze for smoothies
- Slice and flash freeze for cobblers and crisps
- Maple roasted peaches
- Snacks including Apple & Almond Butter Sandwiches
- 2 big batches of Maple Sweetened Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Apple Pie Filling – Sliced and tossed with flour, butter and spices, then frozen to use later for pies, tarts, etc.
- Slice and flash freeze for smoothies – I love the extra flavor that fresh, frozen apple slices give to smoothies.
- And, maybe a couple of slow cooker desserts like Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crisp