On Saturday morning Ryan and I enjoyed a relaxing pancake breakfast before we headed out west towards the Blue Ridge Mountains to meet a few friends at Stribling Orchard in Markham, VA. We visited this orchard last year and brought home a great bushel of crisp and juicy apples, so it was a no-brainer that we needed to go back again this year. The skies were full of clouds but thankfully it wasn’t too cold and it didn’t rain.
We walked around the orchard for about 2 hours, picking a variety of apples – Golden Delicious, Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith, and Rome. Golden Delicious apples are my favorite, but I tried a Stayman Winesap for the first time and loved its slightly tart flavor, not to mention they are HUGE apples!
After we filled our bags (we got a 1/2 bushel!), we did some shopping in the Harvest House and I grabbed a jar of No Sugar Added Apple Butter – we bought a jar last year and went through it within a week. The others had to get back for a prior commitment but Ryan and I hung around a bit longer and enjoyed lunch at one of the picnic tables.
On the way home we made a detour to stop at a neighboring orchard because Ryan saw online that they had a corn maze. The signs weren’t clear as we were driving up so we drove all around the property, but it gave us a chance to see the pumpkin patches (my first time ever seeing one!), blueberry bushes (we’ll have to go back in the summer), lots of cows, their apple orchard, and the corn maze. After circling around, we parked near the corn maze and walked over to a white tent that was selling tickets, only to find out that tickets cost $25 with access to the corn maze, a hay ride, fall themed games. We agreed to wait until we have kids… Oh well, one day!
Our roundabout ways continued our whole way home. Ryan took the back roads and drove by his old elementary school, winding through Mananas. As long as I’ve lived in Virginia, I’ve hardly spent any time in Mananas… Ryan gave me a brief overview of some of the most notable historical moments such as the First and Second Battle of Bull Run. I suppose I should take a drive out thataway soon and learn more about my surroundings.
After we got home we plopped back into bed and didn’t emerge until dinnertime. Apparently, apple picking takes a lot out of you 😉 A few other friends asked us to go apple picking with them this coming weekend and I’m very, very tempted. I guess we’ll be eating apples for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every meal in-between for the rest of fall!
Question: What’s your favorite type of apple?
Question: Corn mazes – yay or nay? I’ve never been in one (at least that I can remember), but I’ve heard a lot of people don’t like them for a variety of reasons… The smell, the thought of being “trapped” and never getting out, the maze closes before you finish…