Saturday, October 13, 2018

Places to Visit ~ Country Apple Orchard

Apple picking... Is there anything more fun in the fall than going to a local farm to pick out pretty pumpkins to decorate our homes and porches?  Yes!  When we can add gathering a bushel or two of the juiciest ripe apples fresh from the nearest apple tree...

Fresh baked pies, apple butter, apple salsa and other apple products were available for purchase inside the country store.

One of  the first things we did the day after arriving in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was to take a trip out to a local farm called 
Country Apple Orchard
27249 SD Highway 115
Harrisburg, SD 57032

We picked our own crunchy vermillion-red apples straight off the fullest apple trees I have ever seen.  With names like Honey Gold, Fireside, Red Cortland and Sweet Sixteen, there are apples for baking or for eating straight from the tree.

Spaced sixteen to twenty feet apart in rows, these apple trees created a beautiful allée which beckoned one to enter!

According to Country Apple Orchard's website, there are about 6000 apple trees and thirteen different varieties to satisfy everyone's craving for pies and snacking.
We enjoyed a quick trip into the bake shop and store where some of the students visiting from a local preschool were having lunch.  Our son and daughter-in-law picked out a frozen Dutch apple pie to have after dinner and I paid for our small apple bag upfront then went all walked out through the open field to pick our fill of sweet delicious apples.

All aboard!  These students reminded me of the times we took our own children to pumpkin farms over the years. 

We also watched some students, their teachers and chaperones climb aboard a hay wagon for a ride around the farm ~ so fun!
When they returned they picked out pumpkins to take back with them to school and then home.

Time to climb down.  :)

I just wanted to race about and go for a long walk among the vast number of apple trees, just enjoying their overflowing beauty but the wind was just breezy enough that it quickly we were
getting too cold.
 So we walked to the nearest trees and began picking... I can't even tell you what kinds we pulled but they are amazingly colorful and so sweet to eat!

My super photographer son Peter took these photos and made
fat old mom look good!

Love the brilliance of all these apples!  Vivid red balls
looking a lot like edible Christmas decorations!!

And here's one I snapped of Peter and Justine.  :) 
They are keepers!

So if you are ever in the area, stop by Country Apple Orchard
during the fall's apple picking season (late September/October) and enjoy a picnic with your family and a fun time gathering apples together and creating memories!

And if  you haven't stopped by my little fall home tour earlier this week it is linked in pink for you and won't you take a moment to visit some of the others on the Fall In Love With Texas tour?
We have a great group of bloggers this year who have opened their homes to share with you rounded up by our host and friend
Katie Mansfield of Let's Add Sprinkles

Here is the list ~ just click on each link and you'll be taken to
each participants' blog on the tour.





White Spray Paint 

Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Sweet Inspirations ~ The Boondocks Blog
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris
To Gramma's House We Go ~ Chaz' Crazy Creations
Wonderful Wednesday ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!
Friday Features ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!

Some other posts you might like...

10 Minute Fall Pumpkin Vase

Setting an Elegant Table with Pansies and Pumpkins

Sharing with
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Life and Linda

Happy weekend to you,


  1. Looks like a delightful place to spend an afternoon. My neighbor has two pomegranate trees and I always think they too look like Christmas trees with red ornaments.
    :) gwingal

    1. Hello Nikki, how beautiful! I'm sure you all enjoy looking at those trees every fall. <3

  2. I grew up on a appple farm so this time of year is a fun time for apple picking. Looks like you and your family had a great time.

    1. We did, Maria! It was a lovely place and I could have wandered for much longer. Glad this post brought you some good memories. <3

  3. There's nothing like fresh apples off the tree. Almost as good as fresh tomatoes. Makes the grocery store ones seem awful. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Patti! I appreciate your thoughts. :) I agree about the fresh tomatoes. My silly tomato plants did NOTHING this summer with the brutal heat but are working on little tomatoes right now. :) Happy Sunday!!!

  4. Thank you so much! You left such a sweet comment on my blog I had to pop on over and read about the orchard. You reminded me to get away from chores, errands and have some fun. SO I am already researching our local orchard to see about going next weekend. I am excited now after see those gorgeous photos!

    1. Hi Christine! I'm glad you'll be heading over to your local orchard ~ I cannot even describe how juicy these apples were! I was doing laundry all day and a little cleaning {plus a nap!}. Happy you came over!!! :)

  5. This is such a perfect way to spend a fall day, Barb! I so enjoyed reading about your visit to Country Apple Orchard, and the photographs as well. It's great fall inspiration too, so I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Thank you so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul. Have a lovely week ahead!

  6. I cannot imagine the full and entire beauty of this fabulous place! I will have to take a big pail when walking around tasty apple trees.


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