Apple picking seems to be one of those activities which has really blossomed over the past few years. We are always looking for different ways to get the boys thinking and understanding more about what they are eating and where it comes from. So we ditched the Sunday Bears game and headed up to Kellers Farm in Oswego, IL. They have a multitude of activities and goodies for the kids but we were there for one mission: apples.
The orchard was well stocked and had a ton of variety (Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Cortland, and about 5-6 others I can’t recall). The kids classified them strictly by color and picked based solely on this factor. The weather was hot and the orchard not too crowded. You grab a bag and go about leisurely picking as many or few apples as you want. We noticed a lot of people sampling as they collected and then throwing out their half-eatens. Which did not seem very trustworthy to me, but maybe that is standard for these sorts of places?
All in all, we ended up with almost $50 in Apples. Which is quite a haul. Each boy wanted to have their own bag for picking and it was money well spent. They were on cloud 9 running up and down the aisles hunting for apples they could reach or begging for a lift for those just out.
We shared some with our neighbors and stored some for pie making at a later date. I read online that storing them in a cool, dark place wrapped in newspaper helps to preserve. Really hoping that holds true. These were easily the best apples I have ever tasted. It would be a crying shame not to see them go into some sort of baked good. Now I just need to find the time to bake a pie!
On our hunt, Kayce was just a head of the pack when he stumbled upon $40 (2 x $20). He could not believe his eyes! Ran up to Dawn and I to show us his findings. At first you could tell he did not know what to do. We were equally as shocked. He asked us what to do. I told him we would ask around and see if anyone had lost the money, if no one claimed it then it was his. We went down the aisle to the family in-front of us, not theirs. We asked a couple of the workers and no one had reported it either. At this point, we concluded it was his for the keeping. Now, Kayce is old enough to grasp the concept of money. But to him $40 is like finding $400. He lit up like a Christmas tree.
Proud papa moment in 3….2…..1……Later in the day on a store run with Dawn and Conor, unprompted he decided to give half of the money to Conor. He then proceeded to split the rest of his good fortune on himself, Devin, Dakota and a package of one of my favorite candies for me, Swedish Fish. This kid has twice the heart and empathy than a lot of adults.