One of my favorite fall memories is spending time at my grandparent’s house. My grandma had the prettiest crop of sunflowers I have ever seen, and my grandpa loved his walnut tree, but mostly took pride in his little apple orchard. There is nothing quite like picking your own apples. They just taste better when you pick them yourself. This year, I wanted Lilly to have that same experience, so we headed up to Norman’s Orchard in Tarentum, Pennsylvania.
One of the parts I love most about motherhood is enjoying the same small moments I had as a child with my little girl, except now, I appreciate them so much more because I realize how special those small moments are and how much of an impact they have on your life.
We overfilled two barrels of apples. Some of us even ate apples right off the tree.
Lilly’s favorite snack this fall has been honey crisp apples dipped in pumpkin greek yogurt.
Some things we did with our apples:
- Cored them, added cinnamon and baked them for a healthy snack
- Apples and caramel dip make the perfect bedtime snack
- Apple crisp and apple pie, of course!
Norman’s Orchard is very quaint and small. I loved that it wasn’t overcrowded or filled with the typical fall festival activities. It was just simply, apple picking. However, there are some other amazing orchards where you can pick your own apples to check out in the Pittsburgh area.
- Simmons Farm in McMurray, PA
- Soergel Orchards in Wexford, PA (Tom Cruise took his family here when he was filming in Pittsburgh)
- Triple B Farms in Monongahela, PA
Do you have a favorite orchard in the nearby Pittsburgh area? I would love to hear about it! We are always looking for the perfect apple picking spot!
In my next post, I will be talking about our favorite places you can buy fresh fall apples and other fall produce in the Laurel Highlands.
Enjoy this beautiful fall evening!