It’s that time a year again when we make plans for our annual apple picking day. We usually end up going around mid-October, but there is always the risk in waiting too long. Here in Western Maine, you never know what kind of weather the autumn will bring. There is always the threat of one big windy rain storm taking all of the foliage down or a surprise freezing rain or snow storm. Unfortunately, for such a beautiful time of year, it sure doesn’t last long. With this in mind, we decided today was the day. It was a perfect beautiful sunshine filled day and the temperature was in the mid 50s.
We had gone to Morrison Hill Farms last year and we wanted to make sure we had the chance to go again this year. The orchard is beautiful and everyone is very warm and welcoming. The orchard is 10 acres, with 450 trees consisting of over 15 varieties of apples. You can pick your own berries and apples or purchase pre-picked. This time, we had a choice of picking of Red Macs, Cortlands and Macoun apples.
I’m not sure if this will be our first or last orchard visit to an orchard this season, but if it was the last, we sure had a great day and picked enough apples to enjoy for a while. We still have a bunch of apples that we have picked from our own apples trees here on the property. Some of those we will be bringing for the horses at the horse rescue. I’m sure we will be making a ton of apple sauce and baking with the rest. The house will soon be filled with the delicious aroma of wonderful autumn spices. I can’t wait!
The Morrison Hill Orchard sign.
Pumpkins for sale.
A farm stand sign.
Here you can purchase old apples and give the apple slingshot a try.
Available apple tree varieties.
Red Mac apple trees in the fall.
Cortland apple trees at the orchard.
Pick-your-own Macoun apple trees.
A wooden bird box in the apple orchard.
Apple trees on a sunny day.
A hanging branch of apples.
Fallen apples in the orchard.
A knot in the bark of an apple tree.
Rows of apple trees in the orchard.
Apples ready for picking.
Enjoying an apple, while picking apples in the orchard.
Apple trees in the tall grass.
An old and broken wooden barrel.
One of the orchard’s resident hens.
Early autumn highbush cranberries(Viburnum trilobum).
A basket of pansies (Violaceae) and petunias (Solanaceae).
Bags of pre-picked apples for sale at road stand.
Early fall and late September foliage.
The outer edge of the orchard.
Passing a row of maple trees (Acer) on the Morrison Hill.
Our bag of freshly picked apples.