Nothing is more fall than apple picking. Nothing. I mean, honestly, do you even live in the northeastern US if you haven’t gone apple picking? I’ve been a few times, but my dad had yet to experience this classic fall activity. So I piled my parents, the dogs and my friend, Sarah, into the car and upstate we went! And by upstate I mean 60 miles north of NYC.
My go-to orchard is Wright’s Farm in Gardiner, NY. Not only do they have a massive, dog friendly orchard with a huge variety of apples, they have what I’m convinced are the best apple cider donuts on earth. They are constantly coming out of the fryer so you are guaranteed a fresh, warm batch. I recommend grabbing a half dozen to share (or not) and a coffee to fuel up before trekking into the apple-filled wilderness.
Despite being 80 degrees and a tad humid, we got to work gathering apples. Denali and Daisy couldn’t frolic through the grass fast enough and our bags slowly started filling up. Every now and then, we stopped for a taste test and even discovered some types of apples we hadn’t heard of before. The Northern Spy apple was my favorite new discovery, for both taste and name.
After an hour and a half of wandering the orchard and picking a few more apples than we intended, we headed back to the market to pick up some pumpkins and maybe a few more donuts for the road.