We have been looking forward to apple picking since fall set in, and now that we are back in New York State, it was time to go. New York is the second greatest apple producing state after Washington. I didn’t eat a lot of apples growing up in Washington, but now I eat pretty much an apple a day from September (end of stone fruit season) until June (beginning of strawberry season). I love fruit, and apples are great all winter long.
It’s late in the season, and we are in the middle of a cold front bringing “unseasonably cold weather”, so finding an orchard still open for apple picking was a little more difficult than expected. Instead of 25 options within a couple hours to the northeast of Albany, I could only find three still offering u-pick this weekend. John chose Sand Flats Orchard based on their story.
Sand Flats Orchard offers not just apples to pick, but also u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, and all the standard farm animals to visit: goats, chickens, pigs and a calf. We had a great time! We picked a peck of
pickled peppers apples, pulled each other in the pumpkin wagon, pet the calf and chickens, fed the goats and chatted with the orchard owner. Our traveling lifestyle came up while we were at the cash register, and the orchard owner Jim revealed that he and his wife used to be hippies and have done their fair share of road-tripping. He sat down and talked to us about traveling while we enjoyed hot cider and apple cider donuts. Picking the orchard by the family’s story was the right decision!