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Shaking-Up The Apple Tree!

I’ve been known to shake-up the apple tree — on occasion.

My kids do too.

Every now and then.

After all….

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

So “they” say.

Actually, “they” are right. The apple, when it falls, usually lands right below the tree or very close to it anyway and if it sits there too long, without being picked up and taken home to be turned into a delicious pie, turn-over, sauce or eaten as is, it gets mushy and eventually stomped on and smushed. I know this to be true because I spent a glorious afternoon at Barton Orchards, picking apples with my family last weekend.

We’re blessed here in the Northeast with fantastic, fall foliage, spectacular autumn views and orchards open to the public for picking farm-fresh, delicious eats. Like cutting down your very own Christmas tree in December, it’s tradition around these parts, at this time of year, to pick-a-pumpkin, grab a gourd or avalanche a cascade of apples into your bag with a few good shakes of the tree.

Not only does Barton Orchards in Poughquag, NY offer palatable produce for the pickin’, they also have a petite petting zoo and playground, a crazy corn maze, walking trails, a bouncy house, live entertainment, magnificent mums, amazing apple-cider doughnuts, smiles galore and quality time with your kids. For the older goblins in your group, you can go for the scare, if you dare and take a tour of the Rotten Core Manor.  There’s something for everyone!

I love spending time with my kids but as they get older, it gets a little harder finding something we can all enjoy doing. This was a fun-filled, family day that lent itself to all kinds of opportunities for talking, walking and laughing together. Even the weather cooperated! It was the perfect temperature; just heart-warming enough to take the chill out of the cool October air.

What kinds of things do you do with your family?

Photo Credits: ©Karen Szczuka Teich & http://www.Takingtheworldonwithasmile.com

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  1. October 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

    That looks like fun. Love that first shot!

    • October 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Yes it was….super fun. I love that shot too, Lady! Thank you for reading & commenting.

  2. October 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Yea, don’t cha love the fall. I love apple season and all things apple! And fall colors and sweatshirts! It looks like a great weekend.. I wish I had some suggestions for you for other family things butI find myself taking notes instead. But ‘travel’ always fits for interesting things of all age groups.

    • October 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I hear you, Andy! Thanks and yes, travel is a big family favorite! Hope all is well.

  3. October 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Fall is my favorite season. That looks like so much fun! We have apple farms here, too, but I have never been to one (not yet, that is). However, Maycee and I did go to the pumpkin patch we’ve now managed to make a tradition for us here on the Central Coast and grabbed about 7 fun pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes, and we decorated the house for the fall season. I think engaging in the holidays makes for some of the best family moments whether it’s heading to the farm, decorating, baking cookies, etc. Glad you had a wonderful weekend, friend! XOXO-SWM

    • October 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, SWM! Thanks for EVERYTHING!! xoxoxo NY

  4. October 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    It’s those special moments that count Karen. I wish there could be more 😦

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