Sunday Afternoon Apple Picking

Autumn is in full swing here, but some beautiful summer-like weather on Sunday meant we could partake in fall’s activities under a warm sun. We decided it’d be a day to take advantage of one of the benefits of living in Westchester County: its proximity to some family farm fun.  This one-year-old thought it was a fabulous idea!

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We started the day with a pumpkin craft: I cut a piece of finger painting paper into the shape of a pumpkin, taped it to Jax’s highchair, and then put two little blobs of paint onto it. Remembering what my mom learned in a young children’s art workshop, I stuck only to primary colors to have Jax discover the result of mixing all by himself. So with a red blob and a yellow blog and lots of messy play, he made orange! I then used a leaf-shaped paper puncher to punch out colorful paper leaves in yellow, red, and orange, and added those to the mix. The result:

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After some delicious bagels at our neighbors’ (we have the nicest people living all around us!), we headed out to Stuart’s farm to see the real thing and pick our own apples.

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Try as Seth did to show him how to do pick apples, Jax mostly just studied the technique rather than try it himself.

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He knew all about tasting them, though.

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When our bag was full, we headed over to the pumpkin field and let Jax crawl all around.

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Then we finally found the perfect pumpkin to take home:

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So Jax waved good-bye as he crawled away:

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On our way out I took some shots of the random vestiges of farming’s past (Stuart’s Farm has been around since 1828):

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as well as its present day:

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That building to the right is the bakery, where we tasted a freshly-made doughnut. It was a totally new species of pastry to me.

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On our way out I snapped some photos of the autumn colors in their many forms.

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5 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Apple Picking

  1. Beautiful pictures! It just makes you want to be outside and enjoy autumn colors (and fruits)!!

  2. I love how Jax is waving goodbye to the pumpkins! And what a great developmentally appropriate art project! I had high schoolers that didn’t know about basic color mixing! (Don’t get me started.)

    Looked like a great day all around!

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