One of the things we were most excited about in our new house was the orchard!
When first looked at the house, we knew it had 3 apples trees (who knows what kind?), 3 plum trees, and 2 pie cherry trees.
Then, before we even moved in we planted more!
Costco was having a killer deal on fruit trees, so for $11 each we picked up a Honeycrisp apple tree, 2 different pear trees, a peach tree, and a nectarine tree.
So, yeah, it's a good thing we like fruit and picking fruit and processing fruit and eating fruit and....
We had lots of fun with our cherry trees!
I made some might delicious cherry jam, cherry-almond jam, cherry pie, dried cherries, cherry fruit leather, cherry foccacia, and chocolate cherry ice cream. SO good!
I was so wrapped up in cherries that I forgot to take pictures. ;)
Well, more recently we harvested all our apples, but I didn't forget to take pictures of that.
We husband's family came over, and it was quite the event!
I wish I knew how many pounds we picked! Alls I know is that we filled up lots and lots of garbage cans full of them.
And alas, these apple trees have not been taken care of for years--no pruning, picking, treating, etc. so we had loads of tiny little wormy apples!
We are planning on pruning, picking and treating our apples so that in the future, we get nice, big apples that are not so wormy.
I spent a lot of time picking yucky apples off the ground while everyone else picked the good ones, so I saw a lot of views like these ones--of everyone's feet.
These feet happen to be my husband's. :)
One of our plum trees was also ready to harvest this day, so we picked all of them too!
It was a fun day.
It was the type of day that I like to have and that I want our lives to be like--happy family time, working together, laughing and enjoying ourselves. Bringing the harvest in, snitching apples as we please. I like the simplicity of it all--picking food so we can eat and enjoy it. Is there much that is more simple, more basic to life than gathering food?
I'm so thankful for our little orchard and for the years of memories it will bring us!