As promised last week, Nicole and I trekked out to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC this past Friday for several hours of apple-scented, blue-skyed, wagon-schlepping bliss. While both U-Pick veterans, neither of us had ever picked at an apple orchard. It was an absolutely glorious, highly welcome, sun-drenched morning, coming on the heels of several days worth of constant rain.
We picked, pulled, tugged, oogled, giggled, and gathered up 55 pounds of Stayman Winesap, Arkansas Black, Cameo, and Gala apples. There were bus loads containing equal numbers of children and seniors continually arriving throughout the morning. There were goats and sheep and pumpkin houses and hay bale spiders. There were candy apples and hot & cold apple cider and straight-out-of-the-fryer cinnamon-sugar coated apple-cider donuts. This place was the stuff of dreams. If you're ever up this way in autumn, I highly recommend a Sky Top detour.
*To see more of our epic apple adventure, go here.