Posted by: slow study | September 2, 2010

Trip to the apple orchard

There is an apple orchard/cider mill nearby and it is officially open for the season.  We all went last evening.
 
Apples currently available:  Ginger Gold and Jonamac.
 
Not too many people (or bees) at the orchard yet.  No wait for the apple wagon; no line for cider and donuts; no crowds clustered in front of  the “Goat Family.”  I’m serious about that last one.  It is even listed on the handout as one of the many attractions at Erwin Orchards. I personally have never seen the appeal of the Goat Family.  Ever.  It’s a pen of goats.  They walk around.  And…that’s about it.  For 25 cents, a person can get some Goat Feed out of a gumball machine that is cemented into the ground in front of the fenced-in area.  Then a goat might eat off of your hand.  Yeah…no.  I don’t have the desire to pay for goat lips and saliva to touch my hand, but maybe that’s just me. 
 
Okay, it DID liven things up a bit with this year’s addition of a ramp for the goats to climb.  That is pretty cool, I guess.  But once you’ve marveled at a goat on a ramp, everything else is just a letdown.
 
Shawn, pointing:  That goat over there looks like he has socks on.
 
Subject in question was a beige goat.  The bottom of each leg was black.
 
Janet, mentally picturing a certain someone on the church softball team, wearing black socks with the uniform:  Looks like my Dad.
 
Amy’s favorite part of the trip was riding the apple wagon. 
 
Gas mask for the diesel fumes coming off the tractor?  Check.
 
Dramamine for the bumpy ride?  Check.
 
Sports bra for the bumpy ride?  Check.
 
Anne to bark orders at the guy driving the tractor?  Check.
 
Amy was really disappointed that we didn’t get to ride through the entire orchard.  Eh, that’s what happens when only four rows of apples are ready to be picked.
 
Anne:  I CAN’T REACH ANY OF THE APPLES.
 
Anne:  THERE’S A BUG IN OUR BAG.
 
Anne:  I WANTED TO GET RED APPLES.
 
Anne:  CAN WE GET DONUTS NOW?
 
Cider mill donuts are always good.  They have a nice sugary, greasy crunch. 
 
We each chose one donut.
 
Counter girl:  For 75 cents more, you can get a half dozen…
 
Janet (mentally):  For 75 cents more, you can eat 2098578927 more calories…
 
Shawn:  I got the extra two with sprinkles because I know you don’t like sprinkles.
 
Janet:  I appreciate the effort, but we both know that won’t stop me.
 
For the record, I didn’t eat those extra two donuts.  But I did have one and a half of those extras. 
 
Shawn:  What happened to the other donuts?
 
Janet:  Have you just met me?
 
Anne, after two sips of her $2.75 cider that came in a decorative plastic red apple sipper with attached straw:  I don’t want any more.
 
Back at home, two decorative plastic red apple sippers with attached straws went right into the trash can.
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  1. You should come to the one over here. Gull Meadow Farms. Not as pricey, no goats, things for kids to do. And they need an Anne.

    They have a web site. http://www.gullmeadowfarms.com/


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