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I don’t know why I keep going apple picking. I think I’m just a fall activities addict and I get lured in with the smell of cider and the possibility of bringing home a big bag of bruised apples.

Yes, we went again.

On the upside, Harlowe did not get hit by any flying apples.

On the downside, this was the line for donuts.

The crowds were insane. The lines were so long, we couldn’t buy donuts or pie or popcorn.

When the girls got hungry, they actually had to eat apples. It was horrifying.

We even had to park illegally just to get into the orchard. We parked in a church parking lot which Rick felt a little nervous about (being a Jew and all). But I promised him that no one gets punished for loving produce. God would protect our minivan while we picked apples.

And I can now add apple orchard to the list of places that I’ve changed a baby…

But after a disturbing trip to the less than clean port-a-potties, I declared that I was never coming back to this orchard.

Rick suggested I write a complaint letter.

I suggested we just buy our apples from the local farmer’s market or Stop & Shop.

That’s code for… I’ll see you back at the orchard next year!

28 Responses to it’s fall. apple picking is required.

  • Jennifer says:

    The line for donuts is much shorter at Stop n Shop and they have a baby-changing station. Pretty much sells itself.

    Of course, no sun-dappled photos when you put a bag of apples in your shopping cart. Tradeoffs.

  • francine Kasen says:

    Seriously Kelcey….with a van that is big enuf to stash this in the trunk area, go to a camping store like a goldberg’s etc and buy a camping toilet. It is a barrel shaped container that has comfortable seating and involves only plastic trash bags for disposal. It has come in handy for our family on a number of ocassions and is NOT Smelly or anything gross. Just efficient and private. They even sell little tents to set up over them for tailgating or camping. With the stomach issues in our family, it is a must-have. And my softball team has appreciated it at games where there is no building access. It will make you the most popular MOM in town!!!

  • Meg D says:

    Hahaha! @Marinka.

    Love these pics. What kind of doughnuts were they, though? Gold? That line is insane.

    You and the whole crew look adorable!

  • ~Laura says:

    That is criminal that you did not get any donuts or cider. I’m with you. What’s the point of that? We still keep the training potty in the back of our suv. It comes in handy when at an apple orchard or an older brother’s soccer game etc.

  • Diane says:

    It’s great to have traditions – but that line! No way would I have waited with that long to pick apples with 4 kids (unless someone was serving complimentary apple martini’s in the line). I’m sure it was worth the effort – we all enjoyed your photos and story!

  • annie says:

    Beautiful photos! We feel the need to do the same thing but my hair never looks as nice as yours. But really, feeding your children apples instead of donuts? That’s just bad parenting.

  • ShallowGal says:

    When I plan activities like that, my kids start whining immediately. I have to tell them to shut the fuck up and start creating some memories so we can all go home.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Some events only need to be done ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Like glider plane ride (BORING), Garlic Festival (HOW MUCH GARLIC FLAVORED FOOD CAN YOU REALLY EAT?), picking grapes and making own wine (TOO LONG FROM VINEYARD TO BELLY, EASIER AND CHEAPER TO BUY TWO BUCK CHUCK) and then of course APPLE PICKING. Try pumpkins next time, and then of course the Xmas tree (cutting your own)…

  • I had a similar experience at the orchard this weekend. I am blaming global warming on the long lines that prevented me from getting donuts and cider. I feel pretty confident that had it not been 80 degrees, the line would not have been so long.

    BTW, your pics are the awesome!

  • Brittany says:

    I know this is obscenely late for a comment, but I only just discovered your blog and have been reading backwards. I know tha orchard. I live near that orchard. That orchard is /insane/. It was enough of a hassle with myself and my four friends, who at the time were all early ( as opposed to mid, now) twenties. especially when you let two of the boys get those long grabbers, for getting the tippy-top apples, and they decide that they’re swords ( they aren’t.) Congrats on getting through it with four kids!

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