On Monday, Anthony and I both had the day off. Since we didn't have anything planned, we hopped in the car and drove to Apple Hill! Apple Hill is about 40 minutes from our house and the perfect place to go in the fall (or in this case, late summer).
We visited 4 different apple barns and tried various items at each barn:
While we were drinking the cider, we saw the vat where the cider was being made and bottled (through the window behind me in the picture above). A man walked out of the building and we started talking. He said his name was David. His Dad founded High Hill Ranch, probably the most popular spot at Apple Hill, and he now runs it. He also said his Uncle started Boa Vista Orchards, nearby, which his cousins now run. What a great family business!
Carmellos (carmel-covered marshmallows)
And our favorite: apple donuts
At the last barn, we bought a box of apples.
Larsen's Apple Barn is the oldest, continuously family-operated apple farm! They have a farm museum and a huge waterwheel.
When we walked in to the barn, we were greeted by one of the employee's who asked if we'd like to try some apples. What a great sales idea! She told us that there are different grades of apples: firsts, seconds, and thirds.
Firsts are the prettiest and flawless apples. At Larsen's they were selling 20 pounds of gala apples for $16.
Seconds have bruises or dings, but they don't have any worm holes. We got 40 pounds for $14!!!
Thirds are primarily for animals and 40 pounds sell for $6.
So, the next time you visit an apple farm, ask them about their seconds. Hopefully, you'll walk away with as many apples as we did.
P.S. Expect to see some tasty apple recipes here on the blog, like my homemade applesauce!
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