What could be better than apple picking with two adorable boys in the early Autumn? Angel, Logan, Kathleen and Henry and I visited Neumann’s Erntegarten on Sunday for just such wholesome fun. I defy you to not feel your heart warmed by little boys picking apples and berries. Defy.
I hadn’t been apple picking since my younger days as a brownie girl scout. Back home, you’ll have to drive quite a bit to find a nice apple orchard. Imagine my glee when I saw this, and realized that apple picking awaited but a few minutes down the road.
Vibrantly colored, crisply textured with a welcome tartness, the apples blew the grocery store varieties out of the water.
Lucking out with a sunny, cool day, we traipsed up and down the rows of trees, picking here and there, placing some in our buckets, and immediately biting into others.
Apples hung on high and low limbs, so it was perfect for the kids and adults. Logan particularly delighted in hunting down the best low-hanging apples, and slam dunking them into the bucket. He also took full advantage of the open fields for running and playing.
This orchard grows fruit year round. While we missed out on cherries and strawberries over the sumer, we stumbled upon the sweetest late season raspberries.
The flavor of these raspberries was unbelievably sweet. It was definitely a case of 3 in the mouth, 1 in the bag.
We found a few wild poppies, and dandelions.
Watching the two boys blow the seeds off of the dandelion globe was ridiculously adorable.
Near the end, Logan had an unfortunate meeting with the stinging nettle plant, but all was cleared up soon enough. We brought our haul back for purchase, were astonished by the low prices, and vowed to return again soon.