Schneiderman’s Out and About: A Trip to the Apple Orchard

Apple Jack Orchards sign

I spent some time on one of our recent sunshiny fall days at an apple orchard (Apple Jack Orchards in Delano, MN).

The weather was beautiful and that, combined with the rural setting and sights and smells of the orchards, made for a relaxing, yet invigorating, day.

Apple Jack Orchards Pumpkin Wagon and Flag poles

I decided to snap some pics while I was there so that I could share a mini tour with you.

The Apple Orchard Tour

Outdoors there were the orchards that you would expect to see, of course, with a nice variety of apple trees.  (Even if you don’t want to pick apples, which I didn’t that day, they’re just enjoyable to see.)

apple tree

But it turns out there are plenty of other things to do at Apple Jack orchards, besides picking apples, and this cute little chalkboard sign summed it up nicely.

Apple Jack Orchard Hours and Events chalkboard sign - apple orchard

Pumpkins, gourds and squash were also in abundance, and the pumpkin display on this old wagon was a picture just begging to be taken.

Fall Pumpkin Wagon at the apple orchard

Gourds galore

There were a nice variety of activities available for the kiddos, too – everything from giant hay bales with slides, face painting, climbing tires and pony rides to corn pits and apple cannons.

Kit, orchard manager, said that in addition to kids that come with their families, quite a few schools also schedule fall fields trips for their classes.

a rustic barn at the apple orchard

I didn’t get a picture of them, but there were the cutest little goats over by this tiny house.

Pony Rides

Venturing inside, I found the Apple Market with a variety of apples with cute little chalkboard signs to identify them.  You could bag your own from the boxes or they also had refrigerated bags of apples.

Loved the little chalkboard signs identifying the apple varieties at the apple orchard

And baked goods?  Oh my.  All kinds of deliciousness, both fresh and frozen, as well as caramel apples and a variety of other goodies.

Apple Pie

Of course I had to indulge a little…

The apple turnover turned out to be my favorite (SO. GOOD.), but it’s possible that there were actually squeals of delight when I showed up at the Plymouth store with Apple Cinnamon Donuts!  (Kit said that the donuts are also a customer favorite.)

Indulging in a little apple turnover treat at the apple orchard

Apple orchard or wherever, design details always catch my eye.  This trip was no different.

Like the interesting character and texture in this stone wall that is part of the Apple Pantry Cafe and Bakery.   (And the color of the rustic window that peeks through to the Old Barn Gift Shop certainly looks like it could be Marsala, doesn’t it?)

apple jack orchard treat shop

All in all, it was a great time and I’ll definitely be doing it again – hopefully before this Fall is over!

Pumpkin display at the apple orchard

Have you been to the apple orchards yet this year, or will you be going?

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3 Responses to Schneiderman’s Out and About: A Trip to the Apple Orchard

  1. Natalie September 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I have not been there yet this year, but I did take a friend and her daughter last year! Turned out that Anna was a great shot with the apple cannon. She even beat the boys! :-)) Fun place for sure!

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