Summer in October

Apple picking this year was a little different than in years past.

For starters, it’s 100 degrees. For this area it’s pretty typical for it to be warm this time of year, but I can’t recall it being this hot out. The kids have been swimming during the day and heading to the beach with daddy and Theo any chance they get.

I have been dying to get out of the house on an adventure of some sort, so we researched a few different farms and went to one up the coast that I’d taken Jack and Zoe to before we moved to New York City. While getting out of the house was awesome, the apple picking-not so much.


We found a whole bunch in the market area of the ranch, but the picking season for apples and berries was over.

So we picnicked instead and purchased some really amazing apple pies.


It was so, so nice to be doing something fun with my family, all of them at the same time.


It was hard for me not to wish that we were on the East Coast doing some real apple picking in sweaters and boots with the changing leaves all around us, but I am so grateful for the times we were able to do that with Jack and Zoe.

It’s gorgeous here though of course, and I’ll take the Indian Summer, too.

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  • Reminds me of the time we went to the pumpkin patch and ended up eating sno-cones because it was so hot – only in California! But I wouldn’t change it for a thing! Happy you were all able to get out of the house for a while!

  • There is a wonderful organic farm in Watsonville that would be perfect for your kids. The owner purposely planted dwarf apple trees so kids can easily pick the apples. It is a family run operation with the owners kids and grandkids very involved. Great play area and picnic tables. Clearview Orchards on Trabing Road.

  • My friend and I just went to Clearview Orchards in Watsonville yesterday! There were still plenty of apples to pick and the prices are really reasonable. Plus the orchard is family owned and operated! We’ve gone the last three years and had a great time, despite the awfully hot weather. It’s very family friendly and they also have pumpkins and other fun fall things 🙂

  • Could you please tell us what that is, that Jack and Zoe and Beau are eating? I’m thinking an organic, frozen apple popsicle of some sort?

    • Yes! Frozen apple juice pops. They were tasty-and messy.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting you that day. My family had a great day as well despite missing the apple picking. My girls could have ate those apples all day! You are just as sweet in person as you are in your posts.

  • We went to the same farm you did, though we must have been there the weekend before because we got to pick apples. There were still lots on the tree so I wasn’t sure then why they said they were closing down the u pick apples.
    The hot spell certainly last weekend felt too hot for our normal Indian summer even. Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather today.

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