Apple Picking at Stribling Orchard

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.

IMG_1487

DSC00486

DSC00494

DSC00502

DSC00500

DSC00528

DSC00525

IMG_1497

DSC00519

DSC00509

DSC00507

DSC00505

DSC00496

DSC00497

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!

DSC00566

DSC00565

DSC00564

DSC00563

DSC00555

DSC00554

DSC00492

10-22 Country Store

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.

DSC00568

DSC00580

DSC00570

IMG_1500

DSC00582

10-22 Apples

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!

DSC00590

DSC00586

DSC00585

DSC00593

DSC00592

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.

10-22 Driving

DSC00604

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…

— Allison

Signature

Whatcha Think?

  1. Fun, fun pictures!!! I wish there was apple picking in Texas. Favorite apple is definitely Honey Crisp!

  2. Looks like such a fun day! I love apple picking… and of course baking with them afterwards. ;) Golden Delicious are my favourite for making applesauce, but I love Honeycrisp and Royal Galas for eating.

    • I guiltily admit that I don’t pay any attention to what they say about which apples are better for baking and which ones are better for eating… Whoops! All I know is that I prefer my apples crisp, snappy, and sweet. And that red delicious apples are my least favorite.

  3. I am soo jealous you got to go apple picking!! Go again this weekend and mail me all the apples ;)

  4. You take some of the most creative pictures! They make me smile :) .

  5. Sooo jealous you got to go apple picking!! I’ve purchased a ton of apples but haven’t had the chance to pick them myself. You took some gorgeous pictures of your day, too!

    • Y’all definitely should make an effort to get out to an orchard, it’s a great way to spend time with family and/or friends, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, and crisp air!

  6. When I was little, we took trips to an apple orchard every fall. It was AMAZING and my favorite fall activity. When I was 10, the owners of the orchard were too old to continue running the orchard, so it was passed down to their kids. It was bull-dozed and turned into a sub-division. Broke my heart!! :(

Trackbacks

  1. […] wasn’t joking yesterday when I said that we may be eating apples(auce) with every meal for the rest of fall.  I’m […]

Whatcha Think?

*