Saturday morning I had the chance to go back to bed because my husband did not have to go to work. So I slept and slept. When I woke up, I was ready for an adventure. At bedtime Friday night, we had read Michelle Knudsen's Autumn is for Apples--a seasonal favorite of ours. (Our very favorite Michelle Knudsen book is Library Lion, which I highly recommend though it has nothing to do with apples and the subject matter of this post). Meg and Clare wanted to know when we would go apple picking--something we do every Fall. I told them I would check the orchard websites. I did a little research on Friday night and, with so much energy after my Saturday morning sleep, I decided we would head to Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia on Saturday afternoon.
Stribling Orchard sits in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the views from the orchard are stunning. The orchard also has a fantastic history. According to its website, the land has been an orchard since the mid-eighteenth century and the family has been running the orchard for 200 years.
The girls were so excited to pick apples. As you can see from the pictures below, they dressed the part. Everyone wore their overalls and readied themselves for hard work.