So, this past Friday, we headed out to pick our own at Honeypot Hill Orchards, in Stow, MA. Yes, it is a little early in the season, but after the Labor Day weekend, there will be countless orchards open for picking. And, like Honeypot, many of them have a full menu of nostalgic fall activities, like hay rides and hedge mazes. A perfect afternoon whether you have kids, or you just want to feel like one again.
The best part, of course, is rewarding yourself after a few hours of hard labor. I've yet to find a sweet treat that quite matches the glory of a hot, fresh cider donut washed down with a little hot coffee. Only two of this half dozen made it past the ride home, and by the next morning there was only an empty bag and a few lone crumbs to testify to their delicious existence. Luckily, we still have a refrigerator full of Sansa and Ginger Gold apples, just waiting to be shared and enjoyed.
Not sure where to go for pick-your-own in your neck of the woods? Click here for a full listing of Mass orchards, and get out there while the getting is good!