Let’s Go Apple Picking
Many farms or orchards have smaller sized trees, so it’s usually easy for children of all ages to help out. Make sure you call the farm ahead of your visit to check availability and hours.
MOLLY MAID, the domestic cleaners, suggest you bring the following:
- Casual clothes: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty. Everyone should be able to reach and crouch easily as they walk amidst the trees picking. Pack a jacket or jumper and gloves for cooler days.
- Baskets: Most farms supply baskets, but at an additional cost – so if you have any, bring them along. This will make for easy apple transporting to your home and will limit bruising of the flesh.
- Sense of fun: Many farms include tractor rides and even animal pen, so be prepared to be outside for a while.
- Apple knowledge: The best apples are firm, brightly coloured and free of bruises. The skin should be clean and shiny. When you get home, refrigerate apples for up to two weeks. Larger amounts should be stored in a cellar fridge or insulated garage, making sure the temperature stays just above zero.
- Recipe ideas and ingredients’ lists: Apples are great eaten as is or they’re wonderful in pies and cobblers. Some people like to make apple sauce. Check recipes ahead of time to make sure you pick sufficient – and the right type – of apples needed for your delicious recipes.