Apple Picking at The Milk Pail

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Over the weekend, I took full advantage of the gorgeous weather and crossed another item off my fall agenda — apple picking at The Milk Pail in Water Mill, New York.

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The almost 70-degree October Sunday was too nice to pass up taking a trip out East. The foliage is just starting to turn on Long Island, and the usually congested drive to Water Mill was relaxing and surprisingly smooth.

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You may remember that my first trip out to this orchard was last year, and it quickly earned a spot on my annual to-do list. I love how large and juicy the apples are at The Milk Pail…despite the high price for a bushel ($47!). The trees are small, carefully groomed in rows, so you can pick while standing — you never have to climb or use a ladder at The Milk Pail.

This year, I left with quite the assortment of apples — everything from Granny Smith’s and Fuji’s to Braeburn’s and Ida Red’s. The only bad part about grabbing so many apples is having to lug a very heavy bag back to the car.

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After the apples were all picked and bagged, it was time to head over to the pumpkin patch, which contained the largest pumpkins I had ever seen (they were way too heavy for me to lift and take home with me). So, after admiring the size and assortment of pumpkins, I decided to search elsewhere for this year’s pumpkin décor.

On the way home from the East End of Long Island I stopped at Trader Joe’s to stock up on all things pumpkin…well, that are edible. I left with a whole lot of pumpkin waffles (three boxes, to be exact), and two large pumpkins that will live back at home on my landing.

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All in all, the day was a success. I have more apples than I know what to do with, and I satisfied my pumpkin sweet tooth and décor needs all in one day.

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