Monday, September 26, 2011

Share the Love: All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, IL

An apple-picking newbie, the thought crossed my mind that I might be crazy for taking knee-and-thigh high children to an apple orchard for an afternoon of gleaning a few bags of ripe Galas; after all, I'd thought apples grew way up high, sprouting off of branches that necessitated a ladder for picking.

As we stepped foot onto the orchard at All Seasons Orchard, I was pleasantly surprised by just how many beautifully formed and ripened apples were low enough for my preschooler to pick.

In fact, there were so many {even the day immediately following Labor Day -- a high-traffic picking time}, he gathered enough apples to fill his entire bag.

And two more.

As we walked through the well-maintained orchard aisles, my four year old beamed as we talked about how apples grow and he carefully inspected each apple before gently pulling it away from the branch.

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