With Fall fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning our favorite fall activity: apple picking! Going in with a plan helps to assure fun for all! Here are five tips to help make the most of your apple picking adventure.
1. Find the perfect apple orchard
There are more apple orchards near you than you may think so you may not need to drive to another state to enjoy this autumnal treat. Check out the Orange Pippin site to find orchards near you, the best time to visit and the kinds of apples available.
2. Start early
While it may be tempting to sleep in, apples are best picked early in the morning. Picking them when the air is cooler, compared to the afternoon, will help them stay fresh longer. Beat the heat and crowds by being the first one in line at the farm!
3. Leave the technology in the car
We know apple orchards are gorgeous and that picture of your cute wooden basket will get tons of likes on Facebook, but hear us out! Studies show the more time you spend taking pictures of events, the less you will enjoy them. So leave the phone in your car and revel in the beautiful day outside.
4. Pick from the outside
Did you know apples ripen from the outside of the tree and then work inwards? If you want the most deliciously ripe, ready-to-eat apples, pick your apples from the outside of the tree. Also, remember that once you pick them, they stop ripening. Make sure the apple you pick is exactly the one you want before you pluck it off the tree.
5. Turn your apples into delicious desserts!
Of course, apples are delicious and healthy on their own or included in your super-greens salad. However, for some added fun, chop them up, add some sugar, cinnamon, Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread and turn them into a delicious Apple Cranberry Crisp. Or, use our classic Walkers Pure Butter Shortbreads, some heavy cream, and those delicious apples to create a stunning Caramel Apple Parfait!