We arrived in the early afternoon and drove up the hill to the orchard, we were going to pick apples that day but it was still drizzling, and worse, the mud was terrible, so we decided to wait until morning. (it had been raining the last several days nonstop)
View from top of the mountain
The next morning was better, still drizzly but there was some promise of sunshine. The apples were plentiful so it took hardly anytime to pick what we needed. The hardest part was navigating the muddy fields, I saw more than one person with a muddy backside. We had decided to buy a couple pair of
"Wellies" the night before and was very glad we did, the red clay would have ruined any shoes we would have worn, and now I have something to wear in my own muddy backyard.
We came home with five bags of apples, some to share, some to eat and some to cook with. I have learned that apples can be stored for several months if kept cool. (30-35 degrees) Small apples store better and they must be perfect, no blemishes or bruises. Certain apples store better than others, we picked Stayman's, Granny Smith's and Fuji's, those apples can be stored for up to 4-5 months, although I doubt they will be around that long. I was concerned about all the downed apples, seemed like such a waste but was told those apples are used to make cider.
After we picked our apples we splurged on some hot apple cider and hot cider donuts...who needs breakfast?
They also made provision for folks to donate apples that they picked and purchased
This area is also known for it's vineyards.
It was a quick trip for us, up one day back the next but I think it will be worth another trip soon. Maybe next time we will see Monticello.