Normally, I’m quite happy for the season to change but this year I wanted to hold onto summer forever. Maybe it was because last winter was so long and harsh, but I’ve been dreading the colder weather since the temperature started to cool down in the evenings. My one consolation was planning a wonderful trip to the valley for some apple picking with my favourite people.
We went apple picking a couple years ago and we’ve all been talking about that day ever since. It was so lovely that I even wrote a blog post all about it and my current giggly profile picture was taken on that day by my friend Pat! When I moved back to Nova Scotia I made it my mission to plan apple picking 2.0.
After a lazy morning and some delicious brunch by my friend Forest, we drove out to Wolfville to Noggins Corner Farm & Market. We picked the spot last minute and it ended up being the perfect place for our autumnal activities.
If you’re looking for a fun family-friendly place to explore, this place had tons and tons of fun activities! It was a little busy on the hayrides so we decided to take the quiet walk to the orchard on a footpath they had marked out. The orchard was so large that we basically had rows of trees to ourselves the entire time even though it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon!
We spent a few hours wandering around the apple trees trying to find the perfect apples to bring home and dreaming up all the baked goods we were going to make. It was a blissful afternoon; the sun warming our backs and the sweet apples we snacked on as we walked. People always say how important it is to practice gratitude and I walked around silently thanking my lucky stars for the moments I shared with my friends.
After we’d picked our bags full we made our way back to the corn maze and snapped a couple shots for our girl band album cover and sat amongst the pumpkins for a sophisticated picnic of gluten-free brownies and sour cream an onion chips — can you guess who packed the basket?
I would highly recommend making apple picking an annual tradition. Spending the day in the sun was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and accept that the colder weather just means more quality cozy time with loved ones. Ending the day with tons of Indian takeout and ‘Hocus Pocus’ is also encouraged.
Do you have any autumn traditions? Where else should we go?