As I said a few weeks ago, one of my favorite fall activities is apple picking. There’s just something about walking through an apple orchard and picking your own apples. Some to sample on the spot and some to bring home. And what do I do with bag after bag of apples? Apple pie, apple sauce, apple cake, apple crisp, and so many other things.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been apple picking since moving to Chicago. There are apple orchards nearby, but we’ve been busy for too many weekends. This weekend would have been the perfect one to go with the summery weather. But it didn’t happen with the curtains (sneak peek!) and marathon.
Never fear! One of the benefits of a young blog is plenty of pictures and material from before starting the blog :) And there’s still a chance to go apple picking since apples are generally available for picking between August and October or November. That obviously varies based on the location, weather, and growing conditions.
Since I write about topics with a financial spin, I got to wondering how fiscally chic apple picking is. So off to the farmer’s market, grocery store, and Target to do a little “market” research. At the grocery store and Target, apples to cost between $0.99 and $2.49 per pound. While apples at the farmers market ran about $1 or $2 per pound.
An apple orchard may charge based on the weight of the apples you pick. Or they may charge an admission fee which includes a set amount of apples with an option to purchase additional bags. Here’s a sampling from a few pick your own farms around the Midwest:
- Eckert’s (multiple locations near St. Louis) – $1.89/pound
- Kuiper’s Family Farm (west of Chicago, IL) – $8.50/person (includes hay ride and 1/4 peck), $15/additional peck. One peck weighs about 10.5 pounds, so about $3.24/pound including the hay ride. The additional peck would be $1.43/pound.
- Patterson Fruit Farm (east of Cleveland, OH) – $0.95/pound. There’s also a family fun fest for $4 or $6 depending on the day
|Apple cake recipe found at Smitten Kitchen|