Our little family of four (!) ventured to Valley Orchard in Cherry Valley, just east of Rockford, on Saturday afternoon to pick some apples, get our hands on some apple cider doughnuts and a caramel apple and enjoy the
autumn summer weather.
We picked a little less than 10 pounds of apples—Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Jonamac, Senshu and Snow Sweet varieties. We also picked up a half-dozen cinnamon-sugar apple cider doughnuts and a caramel apple.
The orchard is large and very family friendly. (The owners are parents of grown twin boys.) There’s an area for kids to play on hay bales and families to pose for photos. There’s rows and rows and rows of apple trees and a large patch of raspberry bushes. There’s a small store, too, filled with apple goodies from butter and cider to doughnuts and pies.
We opted not to bring the stroller, and instead to keep the girls in their carriers. I think it might have been nicer to have them in a stroller or to have each of them in a body wrap/carrier, but we didn’t really know what to expect or how to plan. Either way, we had a nice time, and the girls slept soundly as we traipsed through the orchard.