We’ve done a fair amount of fruit picking in our part of the ‘Hood. Blueberries, Strawberries, Pears and Oranges. But above all, the easiest fruit to pick with small children is APPLES. Why Apples you say? Notably apple picking provides instant gratification for the young of age and at heart. Furthermore bending over, climbing or squatting is not required. My little one even picked apples while I had her in the baby carrier. WIN WIN.
Cider Hill Family Orchard
This year we picked apples at The Cider Hill Family Orchard in Kansas City, Kansas. The friendly folks at this farm make picking apples both easy and affordable. From the free tractor ride (that is stroller friendly) to the wonderful covered picnic tables, what a great way to spend the day. From infants to preschoolers, everyone had an enjoyable time.
Before going to the orchard my son had informed me that ” I am only picking green apples.” I explained that the green apples may not be ripe, and that the people at the orchard would tell us which apples to pick. Despite my attempt at parenting, my son picked at entire bag of green, unripe apples before I even realized it. Poor kid had to dump his apples and start all over, but since apple picking is such an independent activity he enjoyed the chance to fill has bag again.
Our smallest day trippers enjoyed eating their juicy apples as they bounced along in their strollers. Fresh air and crisp apples were the perfect combination to keep them happy and full. Once we finished picking, the tractor carried us back to the farmhouse. Additionally our kids couldn’t have been more pleased to just bounce around during the tractor ride. Ironically, we probably could’ve forgone picking apples and just jostled around on a tractor ride and they wouldn’t have cared less.
More than apples
After paying for our apples we settled in for lunch. A small playground occupied the children as they ran back and forth between bites. Just a public service announcement – if you go to this orchard (and I hope you do), you must try the apple cider slushie. Absolutely amazing, I’m still trying to figure out how I can have access to them all year long. There is also a small country store full of knick knacks, baking supplies, honey, and a cooler filled savory treats and yes, caramel covered apples.
Needless to say that our top pick for apple orchards in Cider Hill Family Orchard. This is our 3rd year picking apples at their orchard and we look forward to picking more apples next year. Want to use those apples you picked?, try this apple pie recipe. Do you have a favorite apple orchard in the Kansas City area? Our next field trip is the Pumpkin Patch. Can’t wait to find the perfect pumpkin! If you have favorite orchards or pumpkin patches leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.