Monday, September 27, 2010

Apple Pickin' Time . . . . .

Dear Hubby and I went to the apple growing capital of North Carolina on Saturday . . . . .Henderson County.  Although it would have been nicer if we had some cool fall weather, we still had a good time.
We must have gone to about 10 orchards ...... all on Hwy. 64 which takes you from downtown Hendersonville all the way to Bat Cave.  Yes, there is a Bat Cave, North Carolina.  Cute, cute town with some lovely and UNIQUE gift shops.

Here are some pictures from the day. . . . 

Mountain Fresh Orchard
View from Mountain Fresh Orchard back porch
Grandad's Apples
Wonder how they got that up there?
Grandad's Apples had a corn maze that went on forever.
Love this vingette!
This apple was carved right out of the stump!
This will be Dear Hubby and I one day!
Looks like time stood still here.
Loved this orchard!
Plenty of apples left.
Our bounty for the day!
We came home with quite a few different varieties of apples. . . . .Romes, Candycrisp, JonaGold, Honey Crisp and King Luscious to name a few.  We found some Pumpkin Bread and an Applesauce Cake (that is gone already!).  

And see that long green thing in the picture above?  That is a snake gourd.  Grandad's Apples had two crates of them.  They really look like snakes.  We went through quite a few before Dear Hubby decided on that one.  He is taking it to school to put in his training room to scare a few football players.  Those big guys can be kind of squeamish sometimes!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I'm off now to finish getting ready for the classes I'm teaching this weekend and to figure out what to do with all these apples!!

Blessings, Cathi


Teresa said...

They look so pretty just setting there - that is all but the snake. What a weird looking gourd.

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your fun day.

Woohoo..4 days and counting.

Lynn said...

What a great day that looks like. I was just thinking that I should go to the farmers market in Raleigh to get some of the apples from Henderson. You beat me to it! I'll bet all those apples smelled so good. So your next post will be apple pies, apple butter, apple crisps, etc?

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the weekend time together out and about.

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

such beautiful pictures! thanks for sharing them.
I love the snake gourd. It is so unique. Boys can be such sissies!
I'm having a giveaway. Stop over and check it out.

Stephanie D said...

I know some of these places! You were so close to me--only about 6 miles away! And do you know I haven't been out there yet?

Maybe this weekend, because I'm off for 4 nights. You did leave me some of those Candycrisps and Honeycrisps, didn't you?

Stephanie D said...

BTW, the fall weather is here--you missed it by 2 days!

Cindy said...

Cathi, thank you for a "memory" of back East. I TRULY appreciate all the pics.

The Old Parsonage said...

Sounds like a fab day and I love your "bounty."

Sending you a cool crisp breeze with a nip in the air!!!


Micki said...

Sounds like a great day you had and I loved all of the pics!

Carrie P. said...

Looks like a very fun time. I love it up that way. And what a bounty of food you got. Yum!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

I love, love orchards and looking at pictures of them. Beautiful views and love that tractor on top of the silo... pretty unusual! You brought home a bountiful harvest for sure. I would definitely start with an apple pie. =] Yum!