Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Filling baskets and warming hearts with a day in the APPLE ORCHARDS

This is part ONE of a TWO part post.  To see part two of this post visit: Our Majestic Mountainside Fall Picnic.

A few years ago, when we first moved to Colorado, we met a family who owned a beautiful apple orchard in the Colorado farmland. The farm had been in their family for generations. Their farmhouse and land were simply lovely.  They hosted a festive and fun apple party with long tables of fall food, hay rides, and a chance for everyone to pick their own apples.   I'm from the Arizona desert and was new to this traditional country lovin recreation. It was such an exciting experience! Our boys were toddlers and babies so we had to lift them high into the tree branches to pick their sweet red apples.  That apple orchard party was a perfect celebration of autumn.

Fast forward to today.  Our boys are tall enough to reach the branches and I still get giddy about fall in Colorado.  We didn't have school on one fall-sunshine day in early October so I spontaneously loaded up my boys and headed to Cedaredge, CO,  for an apple picking day.  Cedaredge is known for their incredible apples!

We stopped along the roadside for fresh apple cider and to photograph the Colorado highways.

Then we discovered a truly charming old farmhouse along the backroads of Cedaredge,  Uncle Johnny's U-Pick Farm.   It was a genuine -REAL DEAL- orchard and farm operation. It's personal and non commercialized.  Our kind farmer friend farms his land and has all types of delicious fresh goodness!

the charming farmhouse at Uncle Johnny's U Pick Farm

We eagerly arrived and were ready to start our treasure hunt for farm fresh apples!

There is magic in the simplicity of the outdoors, spending time doing something that nourishes us in the most pure way.  

Weaving in and out of perfectly lined trees in a row...

On a treasure hunt for sweet goodness...

Tip toe-ing to secure the best selections...

Breathing in the scents of harvest...

Until, ta da! The ideally shaped, shades of red, crisp apple is found.

And then, with satisfaction, more are discovered...

A time to gather...

 Filling baskets and warming hearts...

Holding onto the treasures that have forever sweetly nourished us...

It's a delight to watch intrigue, anticipation, and discovery in action.  Seeing enlightened expressions, big wondering eyes, and watching little bodies with oversized hoodies trample through the fields, on a hunt for God's simple creations.  





These are the moments that renew my spirit and give my steps purpose.

Uncle Johnny's apples are all organically grown and so delicious!

These apple trees are all good and no evil. ;) 

Before leaving, as part of our classic farm experience, the boys were able to feed some apples to the pigs and pet the farm C.A.T. 

New skies, vast land, mountain backdrops, fresh nutrition on every tree and plant, anxious lil pigs, cowboy boots, adorable farm houses, classic barn cats:  this is Colorado farms.  

I don't know if my boys will ever work the land as a farmer, but I do know that we'll be back for another visit!  And I'm grateful to the farmers of our America, who rise early, work hard, and make magic from our soil for all of our pleasure.  

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To see part two of this post visit: Our Majestic Mountainside Fall Picnic.

I will be sharing a collection of apple orchard recipes soon so check back!  While you wait, apple recipes here and more fall love here and our fall candle giveaway going on now here!

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angela hodges abode said...

Looks like so much fall fun!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great day all of you had! Nothing like visiting a REAL farm to get your apples and a taste of rural America! You have the most fun with your boys! I can see their joy and wonder in every picture. They aren't looking at the camera, they are looking at you, dear mom!


Jenn Erickson said...

Lisa, so many wonderful photos of a wonderful family adventure! I love U-pick farms and the experience they afford to families! Looking forward to seeing what you guys did with all of your beautiful apples!


Rida said...

Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours in rats. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fibre intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

caveman said...

I love reading about you and our sons adventures. Like you, seeing these moments lifts my sprit and reaffirms my purpose. Your 4 boys are VERY lucky to have you!

Christine Jargick - JPEG Apothecary said...

Oh, I love it. Seems we just missed our window here, I didn't even think about doing this :( Several years ago my aunt and uncle took me, my sisters and my kids apple picking near their home in Wisconsin. We picked 2 bushels of apples but were so busy during the week that we never ate them! My dear aunt dehydrated all of them and sent them out here to us in California. I will never forget that :-)