When I logged on to Instagram last Saturday afternoon, I think every other photo was one of an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch. We were one of those at the apple orchard last weekend, Fall is here!
We headed out to pick apples at Door Creek Orchard. A different place than I had gone the past couple of years, but an orchard in the area that I had gone to several times in the past. Door Creek consists of two sections – an upper and a lower orchard. It was pretty crowded so we parked near the upper orchard and headed there first to see what was available for picking.
The path to the upper orchard is up a hill. A hill that is normally not a huge deal, but being pregnant has definitely slowed down my pace, so it was a bit more of a hike than I had anticipated. In the upper orchard, besides apples, there are grapes to pick, and sheep!
There were only three varieties of apple available for picking in the upper orchard, so we decided to head down to the lower orchard to see what was available there. In the lower orchard, besides the self-pick apples, they also have several different kinds that are already picked available for sale. I’m a fan of sweeter apples, and they didn’t have any of those for picking, so I decided to pick some McIntosh apples for baking, and then pick up some sweeter apples that had already been picked for eating.
The weather was warm, but there was a cool breeze so it was a pretty enjoyable time. Although, it did get cloudy and start to sprinkle while we were there, which brought out the mosquitoes. Even though there wasn’t a huge variety of self-pick apples available, the trees that were available to pick from were filled with apples. Everyone at Door Creek was friendly and knowledgeable, and there were many families at the orchard enjoying their time.
I only wish they had apple cider donuts! Any Madison area people know of any local places with apple cider donuts?? I’ve seen tons of my East Coast friends eating them and they sound delicious!!