Pick Your Own!

The time has come to get out in the fields are reap the rewards of a summer of hard work– it’s harvest time. But if you’re like me, you don’t own a small farm where you can gather apples and pumpkins and the last of the heirloom tomatoes. That’s where “u-pick” farms and orchards come into play. This is a favorite past-time of mine every autumn, though most years I only get to go once. I like to pick a bag of apples for pies and fresh eating, get a gallon of cider and maybe a pumpkin or two. And if I’m lucky enough, I can go to a farm that makes their own cider doughnuts, still warm and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Finding a farm within driving distance isn’t two difficult, and two websites make it especially easy to locate exactly what you’re looking for, no matter which state you live in. To find a farm, orchard or pumpkin patch near you, check out www.pickyourown.org or www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org. Don’t forget your jacket and a picnic lunch when you go!