It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, fallen leaves, and cider! Though the days are still warm, the nights are getting cooler and the trees are feeling the change deep in their roots and it’s leaking out into their leaves. There are so many things I love to do in the fall, and I’ve been counting the days and plotting out how to experience everything lovely about fall. Yesterday a friend and I went to Anderson’s Orchard, a great apple orchard in Mooresville, IN. A trip here is a must during early autumn. September and early October yield an abundance of apples and they have an impressive number of varieties. You can sample each type to decide if you like them before buying a half or whole pecks worth. (I love the word “peck” – it reminds me of the song “I love you a bushel and a peck”) I bought some Jonagold apples because they are great for baking or eating right out of the bag. They also press their own cider from their own apples at Andersons. And they make apple cider slushies, which is the most delicious drink I’ve ever had. There’s nothing like fresh Indiana apple cider!!! As we enjoyed our cider we browsed through bins of produce, shelves of local honey and jams, and then we went outside to admire the pumpkins. Oh how I love pumpkins – the very sight of them sends shivers up my spine and fills my heart with joy. I don’t think there’s anything in the world as beautiful as a pumpkin. It was a wonderful sight to see a field full of them. I’m so grateful to live here surrounded by apple orchards and pumpkin fields. What a wonderful way to start celebrating autumn!
Blessings to you,