Apple picking is one of those fall events that both the kids
and adults can get on board with. It is always a blast to head out into the
fields and pick baskets full of sweet apples to bring home and enjoy. And,
let’s be honest, it is always fun to enjoy a lot of the apples while you are
picking, too! To get you prepared for your apple picking journey, here are a
few apple picking tips to get you started:
young children bring a small bucket or backpack that will hold two or three
apples maximum. This way they can feel they are doing their part without
getting overwhelmed carrying heavy containers. For larger loads the adults can
carry consider using a large bucket tote or a wagon to carry the harvest.
Footwear: Apple orchards are usually damp and the grass is
covered with mushy apples. Rain boots or waterproof shoes are usually the most
comfortable in these conditions. Plan accordingly so you don’t find yourself
slipping on mushy apples and getting cider on your socks!
Picking Technique: To properly pick an apple you gently
twist the fruit and pull only slightly. The fruit should pop right off into
your hand. Don’t pull the branch too aggressively or it might damage the fruit
bud for next year.
Apple Care: Apples bruise easily so don’t jostle them too
much when you get them home. Store them in a cool, dry place in your basement
or pantry. They can even stay ripe in the fridge. The rule of thumb is that it
is best to use them up within two weeks of harvest.
Cooking: Since apples have a long shelf life it is okay to
take some time planning how you want to use them. Here are some of our favorite