Apple picking is a fun fall-time activity popular for families all across the USA. I had always wanted to go but never got the chance until September 13th, 2020! Finally I found a cool spot to go pick some apples, Narrow Lane Orchard. It was an unexpected experience that I’d like to share.
Apple Picking Expectations
Despite never having been apple picking, I had some expectations. For one, I assumed that it would be in a wild-looking field full of scattered apple trees that I could fill a basket I brought with. I imagined something super romantic with a sunset over a large apple tree, with me sitting at the base with my husband on top of a checkered picnic blanket. Reality was a little different…
Narrow Lane Orchard
Narrow Lane Orchard is a great place with rows of neatly planted apple trees, labeled by the type of apple the trees produce. The trees are surprisingly small with a ridiculous amount of apples on each one! There are also chickens, wooden sculptures and a great spot for photos. It is a great place to bring children and it is geared towards them.
When you come in, you have to purchase a bag based on how much you need. Unfortunately, there is no smaller size than a 10-12 pound bag for $22. So if you’re just two people, you will get way too many apples. It’s not the end of the world because we will be making apple pie, but I wish there was a smaller size. If I had known, I would have waited to go with another couple and split a small bag because it fits a LOT of apples.
- $22/ 1 peck bag (10-12 pounds) Allows up to four people to pick apples
- $38 / half bushel (20-22 pounds) Allows up to six people to pick apples
- $25 / 1 peck bag (10-12 pounds) Allows up to four people to pick peaches or nectarines
- $40 / half bushel (20-22 pounds) Allows up to six people to pick peaches or nectarines
Other Things to Buy
Narrow Lane Orchard also sells honey, jams, honey sticks and cider! Originally, we assumed that the cider was from their apples, but it appears to be from a different local place. We found the same cider for the same price ($4) at Dave’s Marketplace. Needless to say, it is delicious and you can tell that it really is made of only apples. We will be experimenting and turning it into hard cider, but that’s a different story to come in the next few days.
Summary: Apple Picking at Narrow Lane Orchard
I enjoyed picking apples at Narrow Lane Orchard! It wasn’t a romantic experience where I forgot that I was at a farm, but I have no complaints. While randomly planted apple trees across a field sounds fun, it is by no means practical for harvesting apples so obviously they do it in an organized fashion. The prices were reasonable, although I would love to suggest that they offer a smaller bag and offer people the option of filling their own bag/basket/etc and then charge by weight. This would be much more eco-friendly than the plastic bag which I will be reusing, but still. Check out their website and Facebook page to learn more!