Can you believe we have never been apple picking.  I'm sure growing up I probably picked an apple or two off a friend or relatives tree, but it's not quite the same as trudging down the dusty rows (unlike the beautiful green ones I see in photographs taken outside California) of an apple orchard with a vast array of apple varities.  We took the kids apple picking at Gizdich Ranch.

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Gizdich Ranch

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Apparently stick collecting is almost as much fun as apple picking.  Just not as tasty.

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And what are we going to do w ith all of these delicious apples.

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(this photograph represents half of what we actually picked.  I have another big basket overflowing with apples too)

Well, we are going to eat them.

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And this afternoon I'll be starting the process of making Apple Caramel Crisp Gelato from the Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto.  I just got back from the store where I picked up some puff pastry and whipping cream, oh and some sugar to make the homemade caramel sauce.   There will be photos.

Have you been apple picking this season?

What are you doing with all of your apples?  I'd love some new recipes to try.

Thank you to my friend Kelly for the suggestion of heading to Gizdich Ranch.   It isn't a big fancy farm with kids rides and activities, but it served it's purpose, which was to pick apples.  They also started a pumpkin patch on the 1st which will run until the end of October.

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Laura October 3, 2010 - 4:14 pm

I want to go so badly but th closest one is about 3 hours away! i didn’t realize or maybe I just don’t remember (probably the remembering one is actually true) that you are a Cali girl too! Your pictures make me want to go even more!!

Tonya Staab October 4, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Thanks Angie.  I think my friend Sharlene( who blogs at Trekaroo) is putting together a post about the best places to go apple picking – and she's a So Cal gal.  Keep your eye out for it, or hit her up on @doubleadventure, I'm sure she'll have some great suggestions.

Tonya Staab October 4, 2010 - 12:55 pm

I've been moving around Cali.  I was in So Cal until summer last year, now I'm up north, but possibly heading back down south again :).  Sounds like you need to plan a day trip.  Pack everyone in the car early in the morning, find some goofy sites to see along the way, pack some food, and play some road trip games.  It'll be fun.

angie October 4, 2010 - 9:00 am

THese pictures are amazing. When we lived on the east coast we went apple picking and I LOVED it. I need to find a local orchard and follow in your footsteps! 🙂

Tonya Staab October 5, 2010 - 9:40 am

Thank you so much for letting me know Gina.

Gina Parker, PPRO October 5, 2010 - 6:57 am

My girls go every year with their schools plus we usually go once too. Good ol’ apple pie is a favorite in our house.

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[email protected] October 17, 2010 - 10:09 pm

Yay! I am so glad you went (and found the place)! There is not much there, but really enough for a short, fun outing and enough to entertain the kiddos for a couple of hours. The weather was nicer for strawberry picking in June. Thank you for the shout-out, I feel so honored to being highlighted in your blog–seriously! And I’m glad you had the twins wear the boots!


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