Waves of people of all ages wander around with bright red and green baskets. They disappear into a maze of trees, and we follow them in search of edible jewels. It’s apple picking time!

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I can see visiting an apple orchard becoming an annual tradition for us. We’ve now been to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC the last 2 years (click here to view photos from our last visit in 2011). Here are some photos from our second trip…

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The weather report was great for Saturday – sunny and warm but not too hot.

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This year, we had a new strategy. Get donuts first (get apples later). I think it worked because the line seemed to be shorter.

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Hot, apple cider donuts.

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Heaven. I could have sat on this bench with this view (and hot donuts only about 20 feet away) all day.

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But, we didn’t stay too long. We had apples to pick!

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Of the apples ready for picking, we decided to look for the Jonagolds, which a guy at the stand told me were most like gala (my favorite).

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Don’t you love my (not so) stylish apple-picking outfit? I remembered that it was pretty dusty at the orchard last year, and therefore black probably wasn’t the best choice. I’ll tell you, I was definitely happy to have these jeans (my sister’s from high school) and boots when I saw all the yellow jackets around, hovering around the fallen apples all along the ground.

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We ended up bringing home about 15 Jonagolds, 4 Cortlands, and 15 gala apples. So, needless to say, I’ve been cooking and baking up a storm trying to think of good apple recipes. I have 3 successes that I’m going to try to share asap. Stay tuned for details! I think the dessert that can also be served for breakfast will be up first. 😉

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For dinner, we had a festive beer and…

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…burgers – with fries and steamed broccolini.

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Just like the Greek festival, I shot some video, but I haven’t been able to put it together just yet. I’ve been researching up a storm on Creative Commons licensing and looking for good music for my videos (does anyone else out there use CC music?). I have an exciting video-related project that is in idea-phase right now, but will hopefully, turn into a cool result.

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Thanks so much for reading!

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Reader question: What’s your favorite type of apple?