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Fall Fun!

After being such a downer on fall last week (I was just so tired.  The entire week.), my sister, Karen, and I took an impromptu trip to an apple orchard.  I needed to embrace fall.

We went to All Seasons Orchard because it was the closest according to google maps.  Apparently, they are one of the few places with a honeycrisp orchard (which they charge more for).  It took us about an hour and a half to get there and we drove through rain off and on the entire way and right before we got there, it was pretty torrential.  

As we quickly discovered upon arrival, many people were in the orchards as the sky opened up and EVERYONE was now in the store/kitchen/anywhere with a roof.  So we basically arrived to buildings overflowing with soaked people, making it very musty.  This is when I had a what am I doing here moment.

The store made me take their plastic bags.  Some of you may know I'm a bit crazy when it comes to not taking plastic bags.  The lines for everything were ridiculous.  They weren't selling tickets to the orchard.  People were in a very tense waiting situation for donuts where they attacked the wheelbarrow they were rolled over in.  It was not a great start.
Karen killed it with this apple thingy

We ended up getting a couple things from the store.  Honeycrisp apples were one thing.  Because, yes, they have a honeycrisp orchard, but it is more expensive.  So at first we thought one of us would buy that one and the other the normal $9 one.  Then they said the one with the $9 wouldn't even be allowed in the honeycrisp orchard.  Oh.  Change of plans.  Our solution was to purchase some honeycrisp apples from the market there and both buy the $9 picking bags to get the "normal" apples.

We picked our delicious apples.  I ate two while were were walking through (quality assurance), they were delicious.  Karen got some apple cider and an apple cider donut and we got back on our way to Chicago.
yep, this was on... volume up!
After stopping by the City Made Fest in Andersonville it was a full day!

P.S.  There are still apples to be picked (although gala is running low).  Here's their schedule.



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